The first bear i made had a porcelain face it was white and made for xmas .I plucked up some courage and took it to a teddy bear shop, the lady said she would try and sell it but it was not her style .She liked old world stuff. anyway 7 years later she is one of my good friends and she has sold hundred of my bear from her small shop ,so Amanda just go for it its amazing what people will by Fran
however...if you make mini's don't go by the $10 per inch rule or you'll quickly go broke.
no way I'm selling my 1.5 inch creations for $15!!!!
People think making minis is cheap and it can be unless you use that flipping vintage mini fabric which goes for prices way beyond what I can afford by the time I convert it to new zealand dollers.
I'm new here and this was pretty much the same question I have. I used to sell my bears at shows, but it seems like there aren't alot of shows anymore at least not here in the northwest. I did sell a few on ebay but had to bring my price down so much to even get people to look, so is there anyplace anyone can suggest for selling bears? I make mini's 21/2 to 5 inches tall I will try to get some pictures posted on here soon. I really enjoy making them but can't justify the cost of fabrics if I can't sell some. I would appreciate any suggestions, also does anyone have any bear selling experience on Etsy? Thanks for any responses.
I am in the same position you are with not many shows in my area. I really have to weigh the cost of travel and lodging when it comes to looking into out-of-state shows. The issue with the economy is a big factor as well. I have found the internet to be my best outlet for sales. Like Melanie Jayne, I have an Etsy shop. I have sold on eBay in the past with success but nothing recently. Another outlet you may like to try is Art Fire. They are fairly new but look very promising. Also, you may want to look into Teddy Patch. They are another online auction sight for teddy bears. If you spend some time looking you can find numerous sights to connect with to get your name out there. Good luck!
hi there i am in the same boat to. i am english and live in portugal and they are not into bears here, i did sell some bears at an english fair here in the summer and at christmas, but i have not sold anybears on the internet yet, i have 2 on etsy at the moment. did it take awhile for any of you long term bear makers to sell on your own sites etc?
i think when your new you are very critical of your work and to finally sell a bear gives you a real boost.
good luck & happy selling to everyone susan xx
I started by selling to coworkers and friends of the family as well as to my own family when I started. It was a real boost for those first sales....made me feel like I really was making the beautiful bears I thought
Pricing is always a bugga bear, though. And its not just for how much to price teddy... that goes for anything retail. If you can find similar size/type bears to what you are doing, and see what ballpark they go for, it might be a place to start your pricing. Do not forget to keep in mind your own costs for supplies at the least. I didn't write everything down, but I did some mental maths to ensure I was making enough bears from the coats I was getting to make sure my hobby wasn't going to kick me out of house n home.
but I did some mental maths to ensure I was making enough bears from the coats I was getting to make sure my hobby wasn't going to kick me out of house n home.
Debbie, I am SOOo lucky to have both an understanding DH AND accountant! (She's also head of a GBW chapter/den and super collector, so she understands artists!)
I am what is used to offset our income (now retired and on that proverbial 'fixed' income.) I've only once in 19 years ever been In-The-Black; Accountant says that she knows darned few real artists who aren't operating in the red.... unless that's all that they focus on. I am in the lucky position of being able to operate as a Business but only work part-time.
My dream world would be to have more Income Than Expenses!