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What Are Knitted Pieces Worth?
« on: February 04, 2016, 12:25:11 AM »
I was thinking about selling my knitting online and in stores. My plan is to start with headbands and towels since I could churn a bit of those out quickly and then work on some larger pieces and offer custom work. I have not been able to work out what a good price to charge is. When I think about how many hours I would put into some pieces and charging based on that, it seems doubtful that anyone would want to pay that much for my knitting. Maybe people are willing to pay more for hand-crafted items than for a massed produced item they can find on any store shelf.

For you knitters who sell your work, do you charge based on the hours and cost of supplies, or is there an understood market average for different types of pieces (ex. sweaters normally go for $x-$y) that people tend to follow?

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Re: What Are Knitted Pieces Worth?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2016, 02:18:32 AM »
I don't knit (sadly - I'd love to know how!) but I think it could be good just going onto Etsy and searching for knitted headbands for instance - just to get a feel for what others are charging. I think that way you can get an indication of what certain handmade knitted items are being sold for, and where to price yours at! :)

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Re: What Are Knitted Pieces Worth?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2016, 05:59:12 PM »
I've never tried to sell anything I knit, so I'm only speculating, but I think it would be rather difficult to charge based on the time you've put into a piece and still find a buyer. On the other hand I imagine that the market value for a sweater would be highly dependent on how intricate the pattern is.

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Re: What Are Knitted Pieces Worth?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2016, 08:13:30 PM »
I agree with Kim, check on Etsy and you should be able to find some similar pieces and see what they are going for. Knotted items are still pretty high in demand during the winter months because they are warm and cuddly. Sadly many people do not knit anymore these days, but still love the look and feel of knotted goods.


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Re: What Are Knitted Pieces Worth?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2016, 10:44:32 PM »
I agree with the others that you should look up what other people are selling similar items for and basing your prices like that. My mom used to sell baby sets that she would crochet and I think she would get $40 for them and that was a good 20 years ago. I love handmade things and I think you could probably do a good business with your knitted items. Good Luck.

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Re: What Are Knitted Pieces Worth?
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2016, 12:15:05 PM »
The best way to gauge what to list your items at would be to look on Etsy and other handcrafted item sites, such as Artfire. There are some people who've done well, but they seem to be the ones who attend juried shows and craft fairs in their areas and build up a following or who have brick and mortar locations. It is rare to be able to charge what the items are worth, especially based on the rising costs of yarn and other supplies needed, as well as steadily increasing postage costs. If you're willing to do custom work, you might be able to charge decent prices and make some money, and from what I've seen, pieces at the high end of the spectrum, particularly made with hand dyed yarns and home 'grown' wools are still in demand.

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Re: What Are Knitted Pieces Worth?
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2016, 12:17:44 AM »
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The best way to gauge what to list your items at would be to look on Etsy and other handcrafted item sites, such as Artfire. There are some people who've done well, but they seem to be the ones who attend juried shows and craft fairs in their areas and build up a following or who have brick and mortar locations. It is rare to be able to charge what the items are worth, especially based on the rising costs of yarn and other supplies needed, as well as steadily increasing postage costs. If you're willing to do custom work, you might be able to charge decent prices and make some money, and from what I've seen, pieces at the high end of the spectrum, particularly made with hand dyed yarns and home 'grown' wools are still in demand.

Thank you for the advice. I wonder why I did not just think of that before. You mentioned ArtFire. Is this a site that you have used before? If so, would you mind telling me how it compares to Etsy? What do you like and not like about it?

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Re: What Are Knitted Pieces Worth?
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2016, 09:17:47 AM »
Unfortunately I'm not a knitter, but I agree with everyone else that you should look at Etsy and other crafting sites.  You want to see what other's are charging and if you're looking at different crafting sites, you want to know what site would be the best fit for you. Some sites have different fees and some sites don't have any monthly fees, but a one time annual fee. Sadly, I can't name any of the other sites off of the top of my head, but my daughter has been looking into opening an Etsy shop, but she's also looking into other crafting sites, so she can decide which one is the better fit for her, since she's a college student that's trying to start a business.

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Re: What Are Knitted Pieces Worth?
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2016, 09:23:45 AM »
I had an Etsy store before selling my hand knitted scarves and hats. I set the price a bit higher to give room for negotiation. For example $15 for a hat, and when I got a buyer asking for $2 dollars off, I agreed to that price.

It is a tough market to get in since nowadays everyone can get on YouTube and learn how to do it themselves if they want to.

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Re: What Are Knitted Pieces Worth?
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2016, 05:11:45 PM »
You should check out other people who are into this niche and try to under sale them. Offer your work just a couple of dollars cheaper, and if your pieces are high quality, you are bound to make a lot of sales for sure.

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