I have no interest in cars and from my perspective your market would be quite niche as you need customers who can actually tell it is a replica. I go to craft markets a lot and would not pay more than $15 for a wooden car that size.
I also craft and keep thinking I would love to get paid for it but when I do the math (materials + time - reasonable sell price) I am always much better off in my day job!
Possibly setting up a stall at Show n Shines with samples and taking custom orders could work - if no one is doing this already. I'd say the people at those would be your ideal customers (car mad and appreciate old fashioned craftsmanship).
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25-03-2016 15:58 #41
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25-03-2016 16:28 #42
Wooden toys and furniture seem to be quite popular at the moment. It's definitely something that would catch my eye at a craft market. If it's made out of sustainable products too then you could work with that crowd (like Eco Toys but Australian made)!
I've seen some lovely wooden products at craft markets for adults - it's definitely something I would buy if finances allowed.
I would probably pay up to $20 for that (I'm a poor student). More for anything customer made. I'd certainly go for custom made toy boxes, furniture etc. Locally made and sustainable would be a big plus for me.
In terms of making money from it, as a pp said, it may not compare to a "day" job. But if you love what you're doing then that may not matter so much.
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25-03-2016 16:50 #43
End of the day Im chasing work / life balance.
Closure of company I was working for has forced my hand to look for work. Im not interested in employing other people anymore and my days as a tradesman / builder on the tools are numbered. An older dad (45) of young children
Working from home and watching my kids grow up has a huge appeal.
Obviously i need to make enough to make ends meet. Ive made wooden pens and sold them for average price of $45 while other pens in markets sell for $15 -$25. To look at their finish amd fine is often chalk and cheese but to the untrained eye or those not intetested the only difference they notice is the price.
When it comes to markets I obviously weould have to choose my markets.
Appreciating all the input thus far. I expected to hear a full range such as I have and hope more comment so i can et a better general feel.
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25-03-2016 19:55 #44
Something I've looked for and never found is a decent wooden shape sorter. All of the ones I've come across, the shapes are around, if not smaller, than a 20c piece which isn't appropriate for a toddler (mine anyway). I would prefer pieces to be a bit larger than a 50c piece.
25-03-2016 20:13 #45
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