Free Stock Photo Sites for Your Craft Blog and Business

Stock photo sites are an incredible source of imagery for use in all sorts of online spaces including advertisements, social media campaigns, websites, and blogs and they can also come in handy for print campaigns. I found more than four dozen stock photography sites offering millions of photos, illustrations, vectors, and videos on almost every subject matter imaginable. Some of these sites charge a monthly or yearly fee, and some have restrictions on how the images can be used. To make things simpler we’ve narrowed down the offerings to eight high-quality stock photo sites with images relevant to craft-based businesses where almost every image is free to use as you see fit.

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Getting Started on Pinterest: Growing Your Brand Through Visual Search

Pinterest is an anomaly in the social media space. Rather than a place to connect with friends, Pinterest brands itself as a “visual discovery engine.” Pinterest users, or “pinners,” use the platform to share their inspirations, create curated pinboards to help guide their projects or plans, and use Pinterest search to find ideas, inspiration and products that they need. Boasting 175 million users, Pinterest is driving tons of traffic to online shops.

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Purl Soho: A True Gem of a Shop

It’s easy to spend an entire afternoon at Purl Soho. Cubbyhole shelves line the walls of the shop, stuffed to capacity with thousands of skeins of yarn, in every weight and color you can imagine. Martha Stewart Living touted Purl Soho, “the downtown Manhattan yarn store [that] helped make knitting a hobby as likely to be practiced by models killing time on shoots as by grandmas producing booties.” Founded in 2002 by Joelle Hoverson, Purl Soho debuted at the forefront of the contemporary craft movement, during an era where knitting think-pieces proclaimed that cozy was making a comeback, and knitting wasn’t just for grannies anymore.

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