Where to sell your handmade soap
Looking for places to sell your soap? If you are selling your soap at craft fairs and markets, go around and ask some of the other artisans if they would recommend any stores where you might be able to wholesale your products. Then start searching the internet for places in your area that may be a good fit to sell your soap. Gifts stores, resorts etc.
When searching the internet:
· use words like music festivals, festivals, farmers markets, Christmas, Xmas, home and garden show.
· add some descriptive words, like rodeo, garlic festival, boat races etc.
· if you think you might want to start wholesaling to stores, use the words like wholesale show, or gift show.
Some great places to start networking and learn of where and who could be carrying your products are at local Craft Fairs and Festivals. Often I have been approached at these events and asked about making soap for or supplying stores with soap.
Christmas Craft Fairs are also great events that will get your name out there. Typically the Christmas Markets have many more buyers than the regular year-round sales.
Be prepared when you start going to events:
- Make sure your products are labelled according to the labelling laws in your country
- Have a business license if needed
- Insurance if the venue does not carry it
Your Products and labelling correctly
One thing I would like to mention is to be very, very sure that your soaps are labelled. I have been to many events over the years and have seen bars of unlabelled soap being sold.
Can you think of why this would be the wrong thing to do?
- Allergies are the first that comes to mind to me – I have allergies and if I was given a bar of soap with no label – it would be thrown in the garbage.
- In most places, the Health Authorities require all soap to be labelled with ingredients as well as where the soap was made.
- Repeat customers. If you have a label your customers will have the information they need to contact you.
- I would be hesitant to buy soap from a company with no label for many reasons, but these are a few.
Doing Craft Fairs and other events can be a lot of fun. I have met many new friends over the years. It’s been nice getting to know people that are doing the same events. We help each other out.