How to become a Craft Supplies Retailer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: February 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Craft supplies retailers stock materials, equipment and tools for a range of crafts and hobbies such as card making, embroidery, decoupage, candle and soap making, knitting and jewellery making. Many also sell instructional books and DVDs, as well as art supplies such as paints, brushes and easels. In addition, some retailers run classes and workshops in certain craft skills.

Typical customer groups include hobbyists, professional craft makers and organisers of arts and crafts classes.

As well as trading from traditional retail premises, craft supplies retailers increasingly trade online and many supply by mail order. Some also trade via online marketplaces such as eBay, Amazon and Etsy.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a craft supplies retailer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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