Get ready for your local farmers’ market or craft fair with some hot new ideas. From inexpensive handmade goods to scrumptiously scented scrubs, you can’t go wrong with these craft ideas.
Inexpensive Crafts to Sell at a Farmers Market
When people visit farmers’ markets or craft shows, they expect to purchase something unique and affordable.
Luckily, making crafts to sell at a farmers’ market doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Check out these inexpensive homemade product ideas.
Reverse Tie-Dye Clothing
Tie-dyed clothes are on-trend now, and selling them at a craft fair is a great way to make a buck, especially at a low cost. Reverse tie-dye is even easier than traditional tie-dye because it only requires a single ingredient, bleach.
This craft is also practically effortless. You can use your old t-shirts or buy a haul of cheap plain tees from a local thrift store. Then, splash the shirts with some bleach and let them sit to soak in before tossing them in the washer and dryer for completion.
Make this craft even more cost-effective and get your bleach from a local dollar tree or dollar store.
If you own a saw or, better yet, a buzz saw, then this woodcraft is a breeze. All you need for this craft is some spare wood, sandpaper, and some ribbon or twine. If you want to make the coasters extra-special, you can purchase some cork and hot glue it to the slabs for a chic look.
People, especially the younger set, love stickers! You can attach them to laptops, water bottles, notebooks, bikes, and pretty much anything else that has a flat surface. This craft is ideal if you love creating different designs. To complete your stickers, you’ll need sticker paper or a sticker-making machine.
Some sticker-making machines can sell for a lot of money but might save you in the long run because you won’t have to purchase sticker paper sheets continually. However, there are plenty of low-cost machines and papers out there.
Once you get the paper or machine, you can either draw your designs directly on the surface or plan something with your computer, print it out, and adhere it to the paper. Voila, you’ve got a sticker you can sell for cash.
Handcrafting notebooks is a bit more time-intensive than the other items here but is equally affordable. You need the following materials:
- Cardboard, pre-made plain notebooks, or thick stock paper
- Embroidery needle
- Embroidery thread
- Plain paper
The only challenging aspect of making a notebook is sewing the paper into the cover, but that only takes a couple of stitches. Or, you can use a stapler!
Seasonal Crafts to Sell at a Farmers Market
Some farmers’ markets are year-round, but you can personalize your products for the seasons to reach a more niche clientele. Some craft ideas include holiday prints, ornaments, and jewelry.
All you need to make some cute Christmas prints is cardstock paper and a little bit of creativity. You can create holiday designs, such as eye-catching poinsettias encircling a Christmas quote written in calligraphy.
Holiday Polymer Earrings
Polymer earrings for all seasons are trendy at the moment, but you can personalize them for holidays, too. For example, you can purchase some green and red clay and mold the earrings into mini Christmas trees decorated with ornaments.
You can also check out an Etsy shop or two for inspiration.
For this craft, you’ll need:
- Polymer clay
- An oven
- Sculpting tools (optional)
Bath and Body Crafts to Sell at a Farmers Market
For another handmade craft idea, you can never go wrong with bath and body products.
Sugar Scrub Cubes
Sugar scrubs are a desirable bath and body product that are easy to make at home. You’ll need the following ingredients to get started:
- Essential oils
- Shea butter soap
- Coconut oil
- Ice cube tray
- Food coloring
- Granulated sugar
As an extra touch, package the cubes in a mini Mason jar for a cute presentation.
Soap is another accessible yet desirable item. You can customize soaps to various scents, shape them into unique bars, and wrap them in cute packaging.
Making soap requires lye, however, which can cause damage when not used properly. Make sure you take precautions when using the chemical.
Tips for a Selling at a Farmers Market
If it’s your first time as a vendor at a market, here are some ideas to make the experience easier for you and your customers.
Speak to the Market Manager
The market manager (or organization behind it) is always a go-to resource. They can provide you with all the information you need about the market’s policies.
Don’t Forget About Food
You can never go wrong offering prepared food or fresh baked goods from your market stall. Even though you might be selling crafts doesn’t mean people won’t get hungry!
Stand Out With Social Media
No matter what you’re selling: Social media is your friend, and it’s free, so use it. Creating an online presence will help you gain traction with your local community and lets you keep your followers updated about your products and company.
If you plan to attend a farmers market, let your followers/potential customers know when and where to find your booth. You can stand out even more by creating a photo-op area at your stall.