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    11-27-2013, 07:24 PM
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Foal
Things to make and sell?

So I've been saving up money to show this year, and one thing I would love to do is make things and sell them! I love making things and am pretty handy but I'm stumped on what to make. I mean, something that people would buy and doesn't cost too much to make. I was thinking saddle pads, but I doubt the time and money put into it be anywhere near what it sells for because now you could go pick up a nice one for $20. There's also the knit ear dust things(sorry I forget what there called) because I'm decent with crocheting and my moms amazing at it so she could always help me, but I don't know if that will sell well at all. Any ideas? I have access to lots of supplies, and I can always get my mom to teach me how to sew intricate things etc, but please pitch in your thought! Thanks!!
     
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    11-27-2013, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by konikirule    
So I've been saving up money to show this year, and one thing I would love to do is make things and sell them! I love making things and am pretty handy but I'm stumped on what to make. I mean, something that people would buy and doesn't cost too much to make. I was thinking saddle pads, but I doubt the time and money put into it be anywhere near what it sells for because now you could go pick up a nice one for $20. There's also the knit ear dust things(sorry I forget what there called) because I'm decent with crocheting and my moms amazing at it so she could always help me, but I don't know if that will sell well at all. Any ideas? I have access to lots of supplies, and I can always get my mom to teach me how to sew intricate things etc, but please pitch in your thought! Thanks!!

Dickies! (i don't know the proper name) They are those little half shirt things for huntseat. My grandma makes them in tons of different colors and they can sell from $15-25
     
    11-27-2013, 09:49 PM
  #3
Foal
Woah I've actually never heard of those before hahaa, but I asked around the barn and nobody here atleast seems interested, but thanks for the idea!!
     
    11-28-2013, 06:07 PM
  #4
Started
This isn't horse related, but how about scarves? I've have pretty good luck selling them, but you have to get the yarn at a decent price or you won't make any money.

Horse people might be interested in those neck warmer thingies - I love wearing them in the barn because they don't get in the way like scarves do.



They're easy to make, too. :)
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    11-28-2013, 06:41 PM
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Green Broke
I think you'll find a certain difficulty with making and selling things. In an industrialised market such as ours, things can be produced at a fraction of the price that we can produce them ourselves.

Things like saddle pads you could barely sell for the cost of materials bought from stores, much less labour costs.

However there is the other side of the market where people are willing to spend more to get items of a higher or "special" quality. For example things that are made "locally" some people are often willing to spend more on. Local doesn't always mean just labour, they'd probably want locally sourced materials as well, which will drive up the price a lot.

Or things are hand made to specifications. I know in Australia there is a small business that ties rope halters to measurements. They use excellent quality rope and while a little pricier than the saddle shops their product is far better. They have a range of colours, widths, measurements diagrams and a range of products.

Also, a lot of people like quality, hand made leather ware such as bridles, breast plates etc.

I have seen saddle pads and such, again they have some special about them. Customisable, completely natural, mostly local materials.

On the note of scarves, at a field day I met this man who makes and sells beautiful full wool scarves. They actually have a range of coloured sheep and they shear them keeping all the wool colours separate. Clean it, spin and then he takes the wool and uses a loom to weave patterns into scarves using the natural colours. Really lovely scarves, sells them around the world for probably about $100 a scarf. But when you think about it, at least 10 hours weaving, plus keeping the sheep etc, totally not making much of a profit.
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    11-28-2013, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Jessabel    
This isn't horse related, but how about scarves? I've have pretty good luck selling them, but you have to get the yarn at a decent price or you won't make any money.

Horse people might be interested in those neck warmer thingies - I love wearing them in the barn because they don't get in the way like scarves do.



They're easy to make, too. :)
Those are super cute!!! Do you have a pattern you can share?
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    11-28-2013, 07:30 PM
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Green Broke
Stall signs are nice too!
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    11-28-2013, 08:04 PM
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Weanling
Hi, on another board (in my language and for my country, so different potential buyers) I see that a lot of people actually want custom saddlepads, even better if you can "write" (<--put the right verb here) some simple things on it, like the horse's name. It is true that you can find many different saddlepads around, but can you have saddlepad, blanket, ear-thing, leg wrappings all matching and of your favorite color combo?

Other custom things that people love are:

Blankets
Those ear-things (especially if you highly customize them and make them to match the custom saddle pad)
Rope halters, rope bosals, and all things that you can make with rope
Name-plates for the horse's box
Little cute stuff, like keyrings
Show halters and collars for Arabians
Customized bags: you have to be very crafty for those, but you can meet infinite needing of bags for saddlepads, saddlepads and boots, saddlepads and grooming kit... maybe start with something that You want and see how to make it better

Blankets and pillows for dogs: some people adore to have the dog's stuff matching the horse's

You have to do a good work and offer different stuff from what's already on the market.

Remember, as a private you'll never beat the industrial low-price, so you have to win with quality and unique design. And, aside from the first things (that you usually need as good examples of what you can do) you can just craft something when there is a buyer :)
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    11-28-2013, 08:38 PM
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Trained
Some things to remember is that its easy to make stuff. The hard part is making it WELL so that people want to form their money over for it. Anything you can make, someone else can make. Your challenge is to make it not worth their time to try!
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    11-28-2013, 10:33 PM
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Foal
Not in the high profit range, but cheap materials and fun to make: bracelets, dreamcatchers, leather necklaxes etc? You could make them customizable as well.

Bracelets and other jewelry using horsehair also seem to be selling well, especially if you make it with hair from the buyers horse.

Small stuffed animals with pretty colors and patterns are another option. Once you've made the pattern its easy to make several animals using different fabrics.
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