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Re: Does anyone work from home?

Postby gillshutt » Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:20 pm

Here you go...
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Re: Does anyone work from home?

Postby shazq » Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:27 pm

Nice Gill, how long did that take you to make?
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Postby gillshutt » Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:31 pm

Actual making about a hour and a half but I had to leave it to dry out after I took the bark off so I could sand it and put a hole through it for the cord.

It meant I could do a bit, leave it, go back to it and so on. Which with FM is good :roll:
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Re: Does anyone work from home?

Postby shazq » Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:35 pm

Hope you sale it, now you have made that you can now move on to larger items, sounds an interesting hobbie, and even better if you are able to make money. :wave:
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Re: Does anyone work from home?

Postby bookworm » Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:23 pm

gillshutt wrote:Here you go...



Hi Gill,

Have you got any new age shops near by you? If so, give them a ring and tell them you make handcrafted wands and are looking for an out let to sell them - they would probably sell them for you or buy them off you to sell themselves via the shop.

Nice wand by the way - mine is a Maple wand for abundance, but I also have numerous crystal wands too.

Good luck :)
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Re: Does anyone work from home?

Postby gillshutt » Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:24 am

This is Wales :shock: we've only just got electricity :lol: There's nothing like that near here although there may be in Cardiff. There is a shop that sells what I call expensive odds and ends I could maybe try them. Thanks for the tip :D

I'm hoeing to get out and get some holly and oak to make some more wands but the weather is awful here at the moment.
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Re: Does anyone work from home?

Postby bookworm » Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:12 am

As for there not being many places like that near you, try ringing shops in north wales, or a little further - you could send them by post. If I still had my shop, I would have willingly taken some from you and I'm some distance away.
Hand crafted wands used to sell like hotcakes, don't know what you are retailing at but mine would have retailed at £23.50, although I know that there were many that retailed in thr region of £50 and more.
I hope you get the sale you are looking for - good luck :)

PS If you need crystals/crystal chips to attach to them Iknow someone that could help in that dept. :lol: :lol:
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Re: Does anyone work from home?

Postby gillshutt » Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:05 am

Many thanks and sorry for taking over the thread :(

My first wand is on ebay for .99 just to see how it goes.
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Re: Does anyone work from home?

Postby bookworm » Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:05 pm

Good luck hun - I'll keep my eye open for it :)
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Re: Does anyone work from home?

Postby Harley » Mon Nov 23, 2009 3:32 pm

bookworm wrote:As for there not being many places like that near you, try ringing shops in north wales, or a little further - you could send them by post. If I still had my shop, I would have willingly taken some from you and I'm some distance away.
Hand crafted wands used to sell like hotcakes, don't know what you are retailing at but mine would have retailed at £23.50, although I know that there were many that retailed in thr region of £50 and more.
I hope you get the sale you are looking for - good luck :)

PS If you need crystals/crystal chips to attach to them Iknow someone that could help in that dept. :lol: :lol:


Blimey £23.50-£50 :shock:

I'v got a wood across the road from me, might have to do some pruning!!! My grandad used to whittle all sorts of stuff and thankfully he passed his knowledge onto me but I'v never though about using it to make money and I love working with wood. :D

Will tell my daughter about the crystals bookworm as she's doing her A level in geology atm and she's really getting into her crystals. :wink: :D
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Re: Does anyone work from home?

Postby smiler22 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:10 pm

not bein funny but could you set up your own website. once you get going. and sell over the net. or get in touch with a shop on ebay etc. who may be able to sell them for you taking a small profit from you. that may work. or other wise put out feelers and see if they are any mail order companies that would be willing to go into business with you and stock your items. even somewhere like craft centres etc ....
near us there is a craft centre where you hire a stall or part of the shop out then all you rprofits you make yo have to give a bit of too the people who own the craft centre but the rest is yours........ im told that people who have stalls theree get quite alot of custon as it is in a big place, so entices people to have a look.

another idea. could you have a stall at a local charity event etc.... you pay say five pound to have a stall and then probably have to give say 5% of your profits to the charity. but ehn if you have some business cards or atc made up. can be homemade etc. give them out with your address and tel no and that way you get your name noticed. and maybe hopefully more orders.
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Re: Does anyone work from home?

Postby Harley » Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:22 pm

We visit a lot of country fairs through the summer as my OH shows guinea pigs and as I find all that boring I always have a wonder round with the dogs and you can be sure there will be marquee's full of craft stuff, like Smiler suggests you just rent a table and away you go.

I'm glad I put this post up Smiler as your giving me more good idea's to think about, if I'm sat at these country shows bored all day why not have a stall and make some money whilst I'm there.........
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Re: Does anyone work from home?

Postby bookworm » Mon Nov 23, 2009 8:48 pm

Harley wrote:
bookworm wrote:As for there not being many places like that near you, try ringing shops in north wales, or a little further - you could send them by post. If I still had my shop, I would have willingly taken some from you and I'm some distance away.
Hand crafted wands used to sell like hotcakes, don't know what you are retailing at but mine would have retailed at £23.50, although I know that there were many that retailed in thr region of £50 and more.
I hope you get the sale you are looking for - good luck :)

PS If you need crystals/crystal chips to attach to them Iknow someone that could help in that dept. :lol: :lol:


Blimey £23.50-£50 :shock:

I'v got a wood across the road from me, might have to do some pruning!!! My grandad used to whittle all sorts of stuff and thankfully he passed his knowledge onto me but I'v never though about using it to make money and I love working with wood. :D

Will tell my daughter about the crystals bookworm as she's doing her A level in geology atm and she's really getting into her crystals. :wink: :D



Yes handcrafted items of good quality of this type certainly bring in the money sometimes. I have often thought of doing the craft fairs and seasonal fayres but most around here are held in churches so I don't think they would be over joyed at me wandering in complete with wands, crystals, wiccan items, all my gothic stuff and of course the good old ouija boards somehow :dunno: Goodness they would think Lillith herself had turned up :twisted: :twisted:

If your daughter does require any help crystal wise just let me know, I have all the usual plus a few more specialist ones, along with crystal books - in fact I still have most of my shop packed up here :lol: :lol:

Something that I did do well with was making up crystal 'kits' for people. They would say what it was they wanted it for, ie. for helping them concentrate or for more confidence and I would create a kit for them to use.

I love doing this type of work and keep saying that I will get back into it properley again somehow in the future. :)
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Re: Does anyone work from home?

Postby iddm » Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:38 am

I've just started a writing course through a correspondance course. It promises to show how to get work published so i'm hoping to make a business out of that. Its very early days though. If you want to try it, it should google though the Writers Bureau
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Re: Does anyone work from home?

Postby Harley » Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:56 am

Thank you Iddm.

I have done a few articles for the VW mags over the years, only short unpaid stuff but I have never considered doing it for a living. What sort of articles do you do, is it just general lifestyle stuff? I think that could be quiet interesting. :)
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