Amy Oxford has been a professional rug maker for 30+ years, selling her rugs, operating a business for supplies, creating kits and patterns, and teaching.
For designers and makers, subscription boxes potentially offer exposure to enthusiasts who might not frequent retail stores or know how to find them online.
Handmade marketplace Etsy is neglecting programs other than the core Etsy.com marketplace and sellers are feeling the effects. Some of these programs, like Etsy Wholesale, were established years ago and serve thousands of sellers, while others, like Etsy Studio, were launched more recently and haven’t yet built momentum. Now, they seem to be abandoned.
Fulfillment companies are in the business of packing boxes and giving your customers a great experience. They may even teach you a bit about shipping.
A knit/quilt/sew/craft-along means you have a group of people making the same thing at the same time—shared community around a shared process.
There are dozens of craft inventory software packages to choose from, and it can be difficult to determine what needs to be tracked.
Ravelry and Instagram enable knitters to connect with like-minded folks from across the globe and get inspired by projects outside their immediate circle. Together they’re having an lasting impact on yarn shops in Europe.
With change occurring constantly, it is particularly challenging for artists to keep their businesses thriving. Evolving your craft business is key.
Carrie Sundra created the SkeinMinder, an accessory to the small motorized tabletop winders many small dyers use to create their sellable hanks.
Regardless of your craft there comes a point where you may be drowning in supplies. It’s time for a destash. Cheryl Arkison explains how to run a destash sale smoothly so you can get some cash and get back to work in a cleaned out space.
The Canadian couple behind Low Poly Crafts is taking low poly art higher, creating 3D do-it-yourself kits that are fun, artistic, and relaxing to make.
National home decor retailer, West Elm, has a commitment to promoting the work of artisans and crafters in the areas where their stores are located.
Brick-and-mortar retailers are a cornerstone of the craft industry, but the retail environment is going through drastic changes right now. In this panel discussion three brick-and-mortar craft shop owners will give us an honest picture of the challenges and opportunities they’re currently facing, and how designers and suppliers fit into the retail picture.
Although it’s still months away, savvy craft business owners start preparing for a successful holiday sales season now. Here are some tips to guide you.
Asking for what you want or need is hard. In your personal life, that’s called advocating for yourself, whether it’s for more help around the house or saying no to toxic relationships. In your business life, it’s called negotiating. It’s funny that saying no to a friend that is rude or overbearing makes perfect sense, but asking for better terms from a business partner strikes fear in the hearts of even the savviest entrepreneur.
For US-based sellers, marketing to Europe is often the first step when selling overseas. It helps to understand the market and what customers are looking for.
There’s much to be gained by exceeding customer expectations. Sending brand premiums along with shipments lets your brand’s personality shine and gives customers an unexpected thrill.
The story behind the creation and development of the adorable and useful sewing notion, the Binding Baby.
Tony Lee advises to rethink how you calculate a true return on investment by factoring in new and strengthened relationships as well as orders.