Needlework and needle arts are a popular collectible to sell on eBay. This may be a niche eBay sellers overlook. Keep an eye out for completed needlework, stitchery kits, or craft supplies in thrift stores, garages, estate sales, or at flea markets. Don’t worry if you aren’t a needlework expert. Beautiful handmade items are good sellers and more research can be done later once you have time to access the internet for more information.
Needlework arts can be a high profit item for these reasons:
Finished needlework projects are often overlooked and priced low in thrift stores. It is common to find completed needlework arts priced at $3 or less. Most resellers aren’t usually paying much attention to the framed needlework section.
Needlework arts are unique handmade crafts and often one of a kind, unlike other thrift store items like handbags, toys, or clothing. Scarcity is the key to high profits. The more scarce and unique an item is, the more it is worth. Vintage handmade items are a hot home decor item right now, so if the item looks interesting and old, it will probably sell.
A kit may be discontinued. Crafters will pay astronomical prices for a kit that is no longer made. For example, some Sunset Stitchery kits sell for over $300 because they are discontinued.
Even if you aren’t familiar with the exact type of stitchery, Google, YouTube, and needlework blogs are a great resource. Take some time to study the appearance of the stitches and learn their names. Having the correct keywords in the title is the key to buyers finding your item in searches. Crewel, cross stitch, embroidery, and needlepoint are all different types of needlework and they look very different when examined closely.
Surprisingly enough, needlework pieces can be parted out. The customer may not want the glass and frame, which makes shipping very easy. Or, you can remove the item from its frame and sell it that way on purpose – some customers will want to re-frame the item or use it in a different way.
Partially completed pieces even sell. Crafters will finish a project started by someone else, even vintage items that are very old. If you find unfinished projects at garage or estate sales, don’t pass them by if reasonably priced. Some items will be framed with no glass. Those are also easy to ship, lighter weight, and are less risky to mail because there is no glass to break in transit.
Here are a few examples of how well needlework projects and supplies sell on eBay:
Completed cross stitch 4,500 sold listings
Completed needlework 1,400 listings
Cross stitch kit in preowned condition 3,000 listings
Stitchery kit 1,600 listings
These numbers show us that people are successfully selling needlework on eBay. Next time you visit a thrift store or garage sale, make it a point to look for handmade needlework items. You might be surprised how easy they are to find and then flip for profit.