Make house signs
Make walking canes
Refinish old-fashioned children's desks
Mass-produce quality chopping blocks
Make wicker baskets
Hand-carve picture frames
Make wooden greeting cards
Specialize in creating quality doll palaces
Build miniature furniture for dollhouses and adult collectors
Create decorative birdhouses
Knit personalized sweaters
Specialize in batik wearing apparel
Make old-fashioned quilts
Make quilts that tell a story
Sell macramé products from home, a shop, or mail order
Custom rug making
Create doll clothes and restore old dolls
Create unique ethnic and character dolls
Produce custom-made sandals
Make personalized leather snap-on bracelets
Create eating and drinking utensils from gourds
Make lamps with gourds
Make gourd planters
Make gourd totem poles
Create gourd creatures
Create birdhouses from gourds
Make face masks
Make copper cameos from photographs
Make babies' hand plaques
Make dolls with faces similar to their owners
Molding and casting faces
Make book-safes: hollowed-out books for hiding valuables
Make personalized coffee mugs
Make jewelry from beads or seashells
Make bulletin boards
Embellish and redecorate household products
Make salt and pepper shakers from cow horns
Make custom wastebaskets
Create miniature replicas of antiques out of wood or ivory
Crate giant replicas of small insects
Decorate decanter stoppers with small clay caricatures of people
Offer natural tattooing with sun stencils
Make ceramic plaques of newborn infants' foot or hand prints
Make lamps from wine jugs, seashells, etched metal, rocks, transparent plastic, etc.
Make money from mobiles
Make mosaics to decorate functional items
Make ceramic lawn decorations
Make costume jewelry
Make weather vanes
Make unusual products from seashells
Make and sell bottled boats
Tint and sell pussy willows
Decorate penny match boxes
Make bottle gardens
Create novelty bottles
Manufacture stained glass windows
Make sculpture candles
Gift wrapping service
Operate a crafts marketplace
Operate a crafts consignment shop
Become a sales agent for handicrafts
Sell handicrafts at fairs
Ordinary pine cones, of any size, can be made to look almost exactly like tiny owls simply by adding "eyes" which can be purchased at any hobby or craft shop.
There are hundreds of opportunities in the service arena offering low-cost start-ups and high profit returns. Almost all can be run from home.
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If you have a garage or work building and are willing to learn a craft, upholstering, re-upholstering and/or furniture refinishing would make an excellent home business.
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A few years ago it would have been foolish to even consider a sign business unless you were well qualified to hand paint letters and illustrations.
Order 5,000 3 x 6 commission circulars from your printer selling $1.00 items that you earn 50% commission on every order you receive. Have your name printed on them - it will save you hours of stamping time.
Garage sales are like any other form of business. To get the most money out of your garage sale, you have to know what you are doing. You have to be acquainted with the market, advertise for business, offer competitive prices and quality merchandise.
People are always interested in saving money. If you can develop a product or service that will help them save, you are almost guaranteed success.
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