When was the last time you saw a quilt or afghan at a craft show?
Where do you see them for sale?
Are you looking to purchase one for yourself or as a gift?
Or are you trying to figure out where to sell your quilts and afghans?
Let’s explore the possibilities of both buying and selling quilts or afghans. In this article we are only talking about handmade articles, not commercially produced ones.
Where Can You Purchase A Quilt Or Afghan?
Finding a handmade quilt or afghan is not easy anymore. You almost have to know someone who makes them.
If you are looking for a quilt, go to a fabric store that specializes in supplying quilters. They normally make quilts themselves or can tell you of some quilters that buy material from them.
Another good place to find a quilter is at local guild/club meeting. Go to the meeting and there will be many quilters there that will be glad to talk about making you a custom quilt.
Where can you find quilter supply stores or a local guild/club? Do a search on the internet.
Even though we live in a small community (less than 3,000 population in 2010), there are 5 guild/clubs within 35 miles and 7 quilt speciality stores within the same distance.
Check around with your friends, fellow employees or church members and I’ll bet you will find at least one person that either knows someone or quilts themselves.
Afghans can be a little harder to find, but if you try the local knitting or crocheting clubs you should be able to find somebody to do it for you. Or I’m sure that the local club could teach you to knit or crochet.
Check the same way as suggested for quilts and you should be able to find what you are looking for.
And checkout the county and state fairs. They normally have an exhibit for both. And you might be able to meet one of the makers or get their information from the fair.
Where Is The Best Place To Sell Your Quilt Or Afghan?
Selling your quilts or afghans can be as easy as letting everyone you know that you are making them. Or it can be as hard as you want to make it.
Some quilting suppliers will sell your quilt on consignment. There are also consignment craft stores. But in my experience, it is harder to sell a pre-made quilt than to take a special order.
You can also ask the manager or owner of the quilting supply store if you can leave some business cards there. Most will allow it, but they will push more for the people who buy fabric there.
Unfortunately, there are not as many yarn stores where you can do this. Most people buy their yarn from the big box stores, like Wal-Mart, Joanne’s, Hobby Lobby and Michael’s to name just a few that are available in most places.
Why You Normally Don’t See Them At A Craft Show
It is very rare to see afghans or quilts at a craft show or fair. The last time I saw afghans at a craft show was in Waco, Texas in 1986. And I don’t remember seeing quilts at any show either.
I think one of the main reasons is the price. Most visitors don’t carry around the cash to purchase a quilt or afghan to a craft show, unless it is indoors at a shopping mall. And the majority of the listed craft shows are smaller ones for church or school fund-raisers these days.
And most vendors don’t take credit cards at the shows. But that is starting to change more with a plugin for a smart phone where a card can be swiped and the approval come back using the internet.
Another reason is the fact that people with the money to purchase them like to pick their own fabrics and colors for a custom-made quilt or afghan to match their decor. They figure that if they are going to spend $300 plus for something, they should get what they want.
I realize that many people think $300 or more for a quilt or afghan is a lot. But if you figure up the time and materials, that actually is quite inexpensive. A queen size quilt will have between $75 and $150 just in materials.
And it will take at least 20 hours to piece the top, sandwich them and then quilt and bind them. That means the person doing the quilting is making less than minimum wage for a skilled job.
The next article will be next Friday. So please come back to check it out.
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