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While opportunities to sell your handmade items are plentiful in Utah, getting people to buy them is a bit of a challenge. I first noticed this shortly after I moved here from Oregon, got married, and started having children. The friend who taught me how to tat used to sell some of her tatting and crocheting. Local people always seemed unwilling to pay much for it, so she and a few other friends sent their creations to Elko, Nevada, where they had reserved space in a craft mall. They were much more successful selling things out of state.
Why is it so hard to sell handicrafts in Utah? Because so many people around here have creative talents, they seem to have a hard time purchasing items they think they could probably make themselves. I've seen it so many times as I wander the craft fairs or man my own booth. There's this look on their faces as they look at your creations, maybe even pick them up and examine them, and then they say to themselves, "I could make that." They probably never will make that item they just turned their noses up at, but it's enough to keep them from buying anything from you. Most local craft events have resorted to posting signs prohibiting sketching or taking photos inside since people were stealing other crafters' ideas.
Price also seems to be a stumbling block. It's hard to charge decent prices when faced with a bargain shopping crowd. I have encountered many who will expect you to charge only for the materials and not for your labor or to make any kind of profit. Selling online has been a great way to get around these Utah attitudes. On Etsy, I can sell to people all over the world and not have to discount my prices in order to make a sale. Are there other pockets of the world that have these same attitudes, or is it just a Utah thing?