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Selling homemade goodies
Mon 9-Aug-10
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sounds like a good idea!!

Have to go away and think about it now..

Mon 9-Aug-10
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Hi Barbara, you are quite correct. Fiona sells packs of three, wrapped in cello and tied with a ribbon. I think she charges £1.50

The best seller is three varieties of marmalade. I think this year she will expand into miniature chutneys and preserves. It does make a different and unique gift idea and a perfect stocking filler.

The jars can be expensive though. If only Hartleys did not insist on branding their lids, we could get loads for free from hotels, possibly. cry

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Danny said:

The jars can be expensive though. If only Hartleys did not insist on branding their lids, 


Circular labels on the top of the lids?

I'll try that again!

Mon 9-Aug-10
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Danny said:

Hi Barbara, you are quite correct. Fiona sells packs of three, wrapped in cello and tied with a ribbon. I think she charges £1.50

The best seller is three varieties of marmalade. I think this year she will expand into miniature chutneys and preserves. It does make a different and unique gift idea and a perfect stocking filler.

The jars can be expensive though. If only Hartleys did not insist on branding their lids, we could get loads for free from hotels, possibly. cry


That sounds very good value for 3 small jars of marmalade--I don't know what Whittards charge, but I am sure it is a lot more! (If they still do it.) Has anyone looked at a gifte shoppe or tourist trap in central London or an airport recently for prices for such? Or a National Trust shop? Maybe a bit of extra packaging to increase the price for on-line sales?

 

Would lids from one of the bulk jar suppliers fit, or do they (Hartleys) carefully specify a non-standard lid to avoid this happening?

Tue 10-Aug-10
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The Hartleys jars are a standard size I think. You can buy separate lids from most wholesalers.

 

I must look into getting the jars from a local hotel. We have two big ones in our area. As this would mean them separating the jars I think that I will suggest that I donate ££ to their favourite charity for every 100 jars.

Tue 10-Aug-10
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That sounds like a good idea Fiona, if you don't ask you won't find out.

I'll try that again!

Wed 11-Aug-10
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Fiona, don't forget that the hotels, as businesses, will have to pay to have their "rubbish" (jars) taken away or recycled, so offering to take them away is doing them a favour. doh  I hope you get the jars, and find lids that work with them!

Mon 30-Aug-10
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Just read some of the posts just a quick scan through.we done and go for it. if you have not got a web page/site up i have a sparepage you can have use of for free untill you are sorted.

I wish i could get started but never have the time to do it properly.

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wave  You are such a good guy Mutley  big_hug

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Tue 31-Aug-10
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indeed!smile

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Can I resurrect this interesting topic please wave

Hi Shelley - I didn't know you had set up in business until I chanced upon this old (2010) thread - how is it going 3 years along the line? Are you still running it - my apologies if I have missed any updates.

I have just been inspected by my Local Council as I applied for a Hygiene Rating. Glad to say I passed all the criteria and they have awarded me a 5 star rating which I am dead chuffed with. Next I have to take an online Hygiene Course and get the Public/Product Liability Insurance and then I'm all sorted.

I decided to go through with all of this to cover myself and my customers in the (hopefully unlikely) event of any problems but also because I was limited  as to where I could sell my jams etc without these in place.

The lady who assessed me and my kitchen said that as I was selling direct to the public I didn't need to put percentages on the labels - just the date and ingredients. She explained it is so difficult to work out the correct contents that the commercial producers send samples of their products to outside laboratories to have them accurately tested. They prefer you to use recipes from books and not to concoct anything weird and wonderful but are happy to consider anything if you run it by them first - to save you poisoning anyone!

I sell my preserves to raise money for a couple of charities but even so I still have to be assessed the same as if I was a business but I don't need to keep proper accounts. I do keep all my receipts for major items and list all monies I send off but I don't keep a check on sugar or fruit purchases.

I hope it goes well in the future as it does cost quite a bit to comply with all the regs and insurance - just hope it's worth it.

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I realize I am also butting in on an old topic but I like Weebly. com for free websites - even my pea brain can work it out. I am sort of staring one called thetasteofjamtland.com but it is slow going as I have so many small "hobbies " that I easily get destracted. That on-line course in hygiene sound brilliant. 

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Just done the on line course In the past month. I used the virtual college or something like that, it was the most boring 3 hours I've spent for a long while. It didn't really tell me anything if don't know, but you couldn't skip through, you had to do each section and a little quiz at the end of each bit. Then a multiple choice at the end. Pretty simple really, the sort of thing most supermarkets and the like probably put their staff through.  

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Does it cost money, have you any links. One of the inspectors in our council who comes and checks my kitchen has done me a lot of favours and we were talking about the difficulties of creating a "certificate" Doing something on-line might be the answer. I did a course in Denmark and I agree with you, it is very much common sense.

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There are all sorts of online hygiene courses available but there has been a bit of trouble with some of the companies who offer quite cheap courses for around £18 but who don't have any real accreditation backing them. The Council officer who checked me said to only go for one which has CIEH accreditation - and naturally they are more expensive at around £30 roll_eyes

Here is the article about 'cowboy online courses' if you are interested

http://www.cieh.org/media/media3.aspx?id=44670

If you just Google CIEH online courses it will bring up lots of info.

Also I found an Insurer (G M Imber & Sons) who will cover you for Public & Product Liability Insurance for around £55 which is the cheapest I have found so far. The cover is for £5 mill for each liability. I can't take any responibility for what this company is like as I havent used them myself yet - just starting out with all of this but if you contact them you can read their T & C yourself and decide.

 

Thanks Jan - I'm really looking forward to giving up 3 hours to do the course doh but no choice really as Craft Fairs here wont book you a table without all 3 documents/certificates in place frown

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