Welcome to Highlands Handmade.
( See this PDF for current pricing: Shop Shelf Pricing )
If you are a maker of things and live somewhere in the Highlands or its surrounds we would love for you to be able to sell your items in our shop here in Moss Vale.
The best thing to do is to come and drop in and have a look around, see what we already have in stock and how things are priced and presented. You can always check our website to see what is selling and how much for. Every day we post what sold.
If you have an idea for something you would like to sell in our shop please do email, message, call or drop in and ask first to avoid any disappointment.
We have some very basic criteria that all of our makers need to meet so that we can keep our shop local and interesting:
- The items need to be handmade or assembled by you in such a way that creates a unique item and adds reasonable value.
- You need to be considered local and live within 1 hours drive of the shop (we check using Google Maps).
- Your products need to fit within a box sized space that is 33.5cm high x 33.5cm wide x 38.5cm deep.
- Your products should to be different to what we already have in the store.
- The sell price needs to be less than $100. We would recommend $50 to $60 as a maximum.
How much does it cost to sell items?
- All goods in the store are sold on a consignment basis.
- We have over 200 boxes for rent, as well as a range of hooks and racks for items that need to hang.
- All prices are MONTHLY to be paid in advance.
- The cost to rent a box ranges from $5 to $40.
- There is no commission or other costs charged on top of this.
- There is no minimum time to have items in the store if you are renting a space.
- You can change to a higher or lower cube month to month depending on availability.
- See this PDF for current pricing: Shop Shelf Pricing
- The cost to hang an item on a hook or rack is 30% commission. There are very limited spaces.
- Items on commission need to be changed over every 2 to 3 months. They can always be brought back in after a couple of months.
- If you are under 18 we charge your age. So if you are 10 we charge $10 per box.
- If you are over 80 we charge 100 minus your age. So if you are 90, you pay $10 per box.
- In our back room which we call our Bits-n-Pieces room you can also sell non-handmade items from the following second-hand categories. The items must be cleaned and in excellent condition. Please note we cannot take jewellery, watches, or electronic items. You can either rent a space OR pay commission of 30% on these items.
- Art and Craft supplies
- You can have a combination of rented spaces and commission spaces. You can increase or reduce the number of spaces you have month to month.
- All items you bring in MUST have a label or sticker you provide with your shop number and your price on them BEFORE you bring them in. Preference is if they are placed on the front of your product so when we take a photo and show it on the web people can see how much it was and decide if they might like one as well.
- Ring, email, message or drop in BEFORE you bring your items in so we can assign you a shop number and give you a form. Phone is 02-4869-3698.
- When joining the store, you will need to provide photo ID with your address on it so we know you live in the area. We don’t copy it or record it, just sight it.
- You dont need to work any days in the store 🙂
- Pricing is completely up to you – the maker of the item. Ultimately the consumer decides if the price is right.
- We highly recommend using a removable sticker or a swing tag that customers can take off if they wish to give the item as a gift.
- A lot of people use business cards as their tags (with a removable sticker for pricing). We think this is a good idea as people can then contact you directly to re-order or ask for commissioned pieces to be made etc.
Seasonal Items (this section continually being updated):
- January: All christmas products need to be removed by the end of the second week of January.
- February: Valentine’s day is the 14th.
- March: Autumn and based on the weather this year, the start of Winter in the Highlands. Winter products are recommended from the start of March. Easter themed items also welcome.
- April: Easter items welcome. Anzac Day is 25th of April.
- May: Mothers Day.
- August: Spring is only a month away so it’s time to start thinking about discounting any of your winter items. Don’t forget first Sunday in September is Fathers Day if you have any gift ideas to make.
- September: Summer products are welcome from the start of September. Sunday September 3rd is Fathers Day. Winter products need to all be removed from the store by the end of September. Basically anything knitted you wear should be taken out, stored, and brought back next year for winter.
- October: October is Halloween month and themed products are welcome from the start of October and should be removed at the start of November. Christmas themed products are welcome from the middle of October as well – not before.
- November: Starts to get busy this month with the lead up to Christmas.
- December: Start of Summer. Major retail month. We typically do double our normal sales. The shop is typically closed from December 25th to the second Monday of January.
- Come and have a wander around the shop and see what other people are making and how much they are selling them for.
- Keep an eye on eye on the website – every day we post what we have sold – so you can get an idea of what is selling and what for.
- You don’t have to have the cheapest price to sell the most. Our top sellers typically have more expensive pricing reflecting the quality of their work.
- Packaging is important. The best sellers tend to have the best packaging and presentation.
- People are mostly looking for gift ideas. If your products looks “gifty” that helps.
- 95% of our customers (and makers) are women.
- People will typically spend $20 on a gift for someone without thinking too much about it. They will spend up to $50 on a gift for a special friend. Over $50 they are typically buying something they love for themselves. Over $100 it becomes art and doesn’t sell very well in our shop.
- You can decorate your cube and add signs or removable stick-on hooks to the insides of your cubes.
- You should work out how to best display your products – eg put them in a basket or make some custom shelves.
- You are very welcome to add business cards to your cube promoting your other products, web site, facebook site etc.
How do I know if my things have sold:
- You can drop in and have a look at your space.
- Every day we post our sales to our Facebook Page, Website, and Newsletter. My tip would be subscribe to the newsletter as you will get any sales in your email box without needing to check the site or Facebook page.
- If you miss a couple of days / weeks you can search the website. If you do a search for your number (eg 363) it will show you all the days where one of your items has sold. You can then go into that day and see which item sold.
If you would like to make something but not quite sure what, have a look at the following links to see what others are making.
- http://www.etsy.com/ is probably the best know craft site and well worth exploring
- http://www.pinterest.com/ search for handmade and hand made
- http://www.instagram.com/ search for handmade and hand made
- http://www.google.com/ search for handmade and hand made and then press the IMAGES search results button
- https://www.facebook.com/groups/1704892513069245/forsaleposts/ often has some interesting items listed