I am pretty new to the retail aspect of Facebook. I started out with buying destash bead items and still love to do that. The first bead related group that I joined years ago was Creative Bead Chat. With well over 10,000 members, it is a great resource for all things related to the beaders world. I found out about new destash groups there (and many other groups), joined and started shopping. Paypal is the preferred form of paying and getting paid. I have added lots of new goodies to my stash this way.
I am a ceramic bead artist, so my first experience with selling on Facebook was through the Ceramic Art Bead Market. It is a juried group meaning I emailed photos to a group of judges or group administrators to be approved to sell. This is not a destash group. It is of the highest quality, original ceramic bead art sold with a minimum bid price of $9. I will get more into bidding, bid increments and the buy it now feature in a bit. This group is only about 6 months old and is quickly approaching 2,000 members! The artists take turns doing a weekly giveaway which keeps the members excited and involved. There is also a Ceramic Art Bead Market Gallery where jewelry designs made with the beads purchased are displayed. Here is one of my bead sets that was sold through this group.
I have fun selling. After you put up a listing, group members "like" your post and comment on it. I get a notification every time someone does that. Well, it could be a potential bid or buyer! It is very exciting. Soon I discovered finished jewelry groups and handmade groups. I design jewelry with my beads and make functional pottery. I have been approved to sell in Art Beads, Heartfelt Handmade Auctions, Beautiful Artisans Auctions, Jewelry Makers Open Market, Elite Artisan Jewelry and Jewelry Designers Open Market. Here is a pottery dish that sold through Beautiful Artisans Auction.
Have fun, buy some art and maybe sell some art...all on Facebook!
Loved your article, Michelle! Well-written and informative! :)
A couple of years ago, I was leery about buying on Facebook, but it has really exploded. As I learned more about it, I got more comfortable and really find it convenient. I think it is also good for the sellers because I have to take a proactive action to go to someone's shop, but on Facebook with their beautiful wares right in my feed, I admit I'm more likely to make a purchase. I love Ceramic Art Bead Market. I feel like I have access to things I might not otherwise. Thanks for this post!
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