I have been sewing and selling my crafts for the past 6 years. My first sales were to co workers looking for baby items for showers and family. This lead to me being invited to a Christmas craft fair at one of our local high schools...it turned out to be a great venue for me and from there I was doing 4 schools in November.
While being a vendor there I met a number of contacts that worked or managed seasonal shops and was invited to put my products in their shops.
I now have my products in a shop managed by my sister at the Wood Island Lighthouse - they like to have mostly nautical themes.
I have a shop on the waterfront in Charlottetown that only takes crafts from local artists and they also like the nautical theme.
Another shop that has my product is the Orwell Historical Village and they look mostly for country themed items.
It is funny how each venue has their own style and what sells for them. They also each have their own consignment fee....it ranges from 20 to 30%. They all have great sales in bibs and potholders!
These 3 shops are shops I have dealt with for the past number of years and they have all been good experiences but there have been a few bad ones as well.
One shop that had my items for one year, returned them all stuffed in a garbage bag.. I never returned to this shop.
Another shop after going there about 4 times I finally got my items back and fly crap and all, so items were faded as they were hung in a window in the sun.
But all in all I like consignment but would advise anyone looking into it to be sure to keep a good accounting of what you leave and be sure to go periodically to check on your products.
I am in the process of gearing up for another year of consignment. I hope this year was a profitable and as good an experience as last.