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Old 04-23-2013, 09:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi Everyone,
I was just curious if anyone knows someone who wants to buy and resell pens. I have been making them for about a year. I am 14 and can't afford to keep this hobby without selling them or i wouldn't be selling them..Does anyone know someone who wants to buy and resell handmade pens.Thanks for your imput. Please let me know if you have someones email or phone or something.
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Marcus,

Try to find an art studio/gallery in your area. See if they would be interested.
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There are not any art dealers in my area. Only pawn shops and jewelry shops
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Congrats on your initiative!! Find a local niche...I'm in medicine so docs and hospitals are a great source for me. Keep looking around and see if you can't tailor your pens to a particular market.
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As a teenager, you are in contact daily with people that use and would enjoy a pen made "just for them" your teachers at school. Ask your principle to allow you to put a small display in the teachers lounge or office, state to him and the teachers you are making pens to help save money for college or trade school. If this doesnt fly, then make up a handout/flyer and pass them out to your teachers. Make it catchy, state your saving for school, make sure you state, "makes a great wedding, graduation, retirement ect gift. Teachers do not have alot of money but the one thing they do have is the desire and want to help a young person achive his goals.
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you can also sell them to your fellow students.
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Don't forget the firemen, policemen, city workers.......give them a discount.
City and County offices. Not only walk them through but have a handout ready to leave behind with an interested party. Pin some handouts up on the Senior Center billboards.
Any free newspapers? Can you get a free ad space? How about just printing up your own flyer and putting them up all over town?

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craft shows!
May be $50-100 for a table but a couple sales will recoup that.
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Also any art shows or contests in your area? Great way to get exposure for your work...
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I think wanting to sell your pens is great. You just need to be sure your pens are ready to be sold. If you sell a few cheap pens and they don't hold up you're done selling pens. I would not sell pens with gold plated finishes. Stick with black ti, chrome, and titanium nitride. Referrals are the best marketing and happy customers are your best salesmen. Sell someone a pen and the finish wears off and the wood cracks at best they don't say anything, at worst they tell everybody that your pens are cheap and don't last. Be sure you have a good product and set your prices a little higher. If I had to do it over again I would have waited another 6 months to a year before I sold any.
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