Selling arts and crafts

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Local markets are a great place to sell arts and crafts.

Whether you’re into making dolls out of unwanted shirt buttons, knitting woollen hats by the dozen or simply producing great sketches, the open road could well be paved with gold for you!

More realistically, you might be able to make a few extra dollars selling your wares under your annexe or at the local market. Selling to fellow travellers, however, is not the easiest thing in the world to do, as a lot of them will be travelling with the same budget and space restrictions that you are.

Don’t be shy. Display your wares on a table outside your van one sunny afternoon. At the very least you’ll meet a few nice people who share similar interests to you.

The local market is another great place to sell your products. Towns like Darwin are awash with fascinating craft markets so join the happy throng. Most towns will have similar markets on the weekends, particularly during the season. Call the local council to find out where the markets are held and how you get a pitch.

A small charge is made to set up at some established markets so you need to be reasonably confident that your product will sell before forging ahead.

The grey nomad lifestyle is perfectly suited to arts and crafts enthusiasts who tend to have the time and the inclination to truly master their chosen skill. And don’t worry … if you can’t sell those knitted woollen scarves or that magnificent watercolour of Uluru, there’s always Christmas and an army of family and friends to keep happy!  At least they’ll appreciate how talented you are.

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