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Better value than a craft market?

Have you discovered 'Things British'?  It's a new shop in London selling handcrafted products, designed and created in the UK and was launched last summer.  Unlike many shops that buy products at wholesale prices from designers, Things Bristish has a business model that is potentially very favourable for makers.

The shop rents out shelves and table top space to makers and designers at a flat weekly rate.  If the item sells you keep the full amount. Prices vary depending on position and space, ranging from £12 to £29 per week. (latest price details here)

 Here's Lennie from 'Things British' describing how this fantastic new shop on Carnaby Street works for designer makers -
Our Managed Retail Services provide designer makers with a share of an exciting brick-and-mortar retail environment where they rent their own dedicated shelf, wall or rack space. It’s not just about the space as Things British also provide the retail sales infrastructure and staff so unlike a market or trade fair Things British do all the selling for the makers as part of the service - so they don’t have to be there. On top of all that Things British offer social media advertising, joint promotions, events and marketing activities, free listings on our social ecommerce site and perhaps best of all - there is absolutely zero commission on anything sold. The makers are free to set the retail prices and all the net profits are theirs to keep.
From glass to ceramics, jewellery to paper craft, clothing to toys, artwork to well almost anything handcrafted here in Britain – Things British showcases and curates talent in a low-risk professional and supportive retail environment. For makers looking for an opportunity to showcase new work - test the market, or looking for a more permanent venue to sell their work, then Things British is the new way to go. Things British is more than a shop - it’s a gallery, a museum and a fun place to socialise and learn about British craft.

Things British also has an e-commerce market place on the way - sounds exciting!

Have you shopped at Things British yet?
Do you think it potentially offers better value than a craft fair where you are actively selling for 8hrs, time that could be spent working on new designs?
Or maybe you have a local shop which works in a similar way?  I'd love to hear from you, please leave a comment in the box below.

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