Monday, February 10, 2014

Journey to Plushies Part 1: First Sale!

Focus on the yellow thing, which is Duckee the Duck (I made him with my bare hands).
Read this if: 

1) You want to know how I made $5. 

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A couple of months ago, I decided to hand-sew a stuffed animal (or "plushie" as I like to call them) for my boyfriend. After that, I realized how much I liked sewing and making cute things, and I made a whole bunch more. They were all pretty simple and I ended up giving most of them away. 


Some of my friends told me that I could try selling them, but I always shot down the idea for the following reasons: 

  • They were my friends - they were obligated to tell me the stuff I made was good. 
  • The only people I knew who would consider buying them were my friends, and I wouldn't feel right charging them. 
  • I didn't know how to sell stuff. 

I don't know what made me do it, but almost as a joke, I posted some pictures and told people I was selling them. In about two hours, I had $5 sent to me through PayPal. 

As someone wise once said to me, "Money talks." Someone was actually willing to pay for something I designed and made, and I had no idea who he was. 

What I Learned

If I never get an order for a plushie I make again, I'm still going to remember this awesome moment because I learned so much in the span of about three hours about selling things. 

Let me impart upon on you some wisdom: 

  • Have a PayPal account to accept electronic payments
    • This is really convenient, for everyone involved. I got money sent to me instantly, which is still kind of hard for me to believe. 
  • Make sure you set a price that is fair for both parties involved
    • I was definitely conflicted about what to charge, but I decided that I'm not in this for profit, and just charged what I needed to get more material. 
  • Use social media to your advantage (not that I really have to tell anyone this) 
    • And know your audience! I made a plushie that catered to a specific crowd, so I marketed to that specific crowd. 
  • Don't be afraid to try 
    • Just don't. Failure is always possible, but you can always recover. (If you don't believe me, watch this video.) 
  • Develop hobbies because you LIKE doing those things, not because you NEED to do those things 
    • And if you happen to have a hobby where you produce things that can be sold, that's just icing on the cake! 

Bottom Line

I think that was one of the coolest things that has ever happened to me. 

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Photo Credit: Me!

3 comments:

  1. Aww. Thanks Tim, those things are adorable and the scalemates and squiddles are definitely do-able.

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  2. Your plushies really are adorable! They may be simple thingamabobs in general, but I certainly know I couldn't make them anywhere near as cute!

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  3. Aw thanks :D

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