I get a lot of enjoyment dreaming up things to create for a craft shows and or church bazzars.
I have been stocking up on essential oils and little thing I find that are out of season or marked down.
Note my basket is not put together, yet. I have some things to check out before I try to make a sell goodies - even if I create something so adorable that every one will want to pay me lots of money for... and make me rich beyond my wildest......dreams $$$$$$$$$....ZZZZZZ...$$$$$$....ZZZZZ....
Basket of my doTerra products. Image by Malika Bourne. All rights reserved.
Wake up Malika!
It is time to get back to reality. Ask the right questions first.
What things to find out before you put your craft baskets together?
- The price point the people in the local area will pay? Will I make or break even or make a profit that is worth the time and effort?
- License to sell and collect sales tax under what conditions?
- Permits and local restricitons required?
- Will a church allow non-religious themes or not?
- What is the table fee?
Cottage Food Laws in the United States
Click on the link below to read Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic.
9 states do NOT allow home-made food to be sold in the market place. Check this link to see if the state you live in allows things like cookies, bread, cakes, jellies and sugar-free jellies etc to be sold made in you non-licences home kitchen.
Do you know what a “Potentially Hazardous” Food is? You can also check it out a the link below before you make a lot of food you can't sell according to FDA Food Code 2009 § 1‐201.10..
Check out how much money can you make at these sales without getting into trouble?
Some states have limts on how much total revenue a perosn can sell at the bizaare, road side stands, farmer's markets and the like. So before you and kids set up an old fashioned lemonade stand or you ladies decide to raise money for a good deed, check out what is allowed in your state and what is not. Even some cities and towns have restricitons.
(The link I share below may give a good idea of what states you need to get persmision from the correct department City Hall before you do anything.)
Organizing for an event. Image by Malika Bourne. All rights reserved.
Label your products!
According to the resource I have shared most states do require all products to labeled listing whihc may include but no limited to. Do not take my list as the law! My list is only to get you thinking if you really want to do a craft show or not. Below are just a few items that may be required by law to list.
- Your contact information and where you made the goods to sell.
- Name of the product.
- Allergens in the product
- Weight or volume?
- You made be required to have a written statement that you have not been inspected or something like that.
- You may need to label flame retardant material, does it meet safety regulation for kids under age 3?
- YIKES! I think I may just stay home and make home made gifts.
Keep records for your income taxes
I am serious on this one, too.
There is only so much that you can sell out of your garage or yard sale and craft shows before the tax man is knocking at your door telling you to cough up sales records and business expenses.
Personally I keep a box-bigger than bread box-to toss receipts into for my on-line doTerra business. I am so glad doTerra has sealed bottles and everything is labed correctly...
... but, that is another blog.
Some states have a few bizarre laws so don't expect I covered every law which probably have very good reasons behind them at the time they were made. There may be a million and one variations on laws depending on your exact city and state or maybe country. So don't ask me, but DO ask the right authorities to be sure.
I'm not a law-maker or a lawyer!
I'm just an old nanna writing a blog.
I am Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna saying, "Make good choices."