Ideas for fun little things to sell

Updated April 17, 2017

There are a wide variety of small items that you can make right at home to sell for a profit. Be creative and tap into your personal strengths and talents to make the manufacturing process more enjoyable. If you plan to sell your creations in a public space or at an event, ask permission to do so in advance.

Food Items

There are a wide variety of fun food items you can make at home to sell. Try making foods that are seasonally appropriate; for instance, try making homemade Popsicles or ice cream sandwiches to sell in the summer months, or bake festive gingerbread men during the holidays. You also can decorate things such as cookies and cupcakes to reflect certain holidays or themes. Creatively decorated treats are aesthetically pleasing and can help boost sales. Regardless of the season, you can always bake classic treats like brownies or chocolate chip cookies. Try baking things that appeal to a variety of tastes and diets; for instance, you might want to consider baking nut-free, gluten-free, or vegan-friendly items. Aside from sweet such as hot dogs, tacos or sandwiches.

Handmade Accessories

Handmade accessories are fun to create and sell. Try experimenting with different materials to make jewellery items, such as bracelets, necklaces and earrings, as well as hair accessories like headbands or scrunchies. Craft stores carry a wide variety of decorative items you can use to customise your creations. For instance, try adding colourful feathers to a plain headband or create original bracelets by braiding hemp twine and beads. Key chains are another small, easy-to-make accessory. You can make your own from scratch or you can purchase premade photo frame key chains and customise them with paint pens or rhinestones.

Home Goods

Small homemade goods make thoughtful gifts, so try making colourful, creative items to sell. You can make items from scratch using things like clay or you can buy premade items that can be customised through decoration. For instance, you could try customising plain glasses, plates or coffee mugs with fun quotes, names or images using paint pens. You also could create sets of coasters, placemats or refrigerator magnets for the kitchen, pencil holders, personalised stationery, mouse pads for the office or handmade picture frames for the living room. Be creative in your approach and experiment with different items until you find your niche.

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Megan Burns is a graduate from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and Spanish. She has been writing professionally since May 2009 with a Washington, D.C. entertainment blog called Brightest Young Things. Her areas of expertise include music, film and travel.