Tech-Savvy Crafters Can Go Global
The image of a crafter or artisan is often serene, even
pastoral. It's easy to imagine a potter spinning his wheel in his
barn-turned-studio and then selling his wares at the little
farmer's market down the road. Or a knitter, knitting quietly
with a dog at her feet and a cup of tea as she gets ready for
this year's Christmas craft fair.
But, in today's global market, such crafters, artisans,
artists and designers need not rely on farmer's markets and craft
fairs alone. The Internet provides such crafters with access to a
global market, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, traditional
methods of selling just can't compare in terms of sales and
An online presence can be a great benefit for any type of
crafter, be it a jewelry maker, a knitter, a glassblower, a
potter or a painter. It gives crafters credibility as a
legitimate business because now their customers can easily access
their information, including contact details (in fact, customers
may consider you less credible if you don't have a website).
Crafters can advertise their domain name on their flyers,
business cards and signs, and potential customers will
automatically go to their website to find out more about them and
their products. Crafters can have a complete, updateable
inventory of their products with photos on their website, making
it easy for a buyer to simply click and order.
A presence on the Internet is essentially like having a store
opens every day, all year long - no waiting between those craft
fairs or local tourist season. And their customer base grows
automatically from a limited local market to a worldwide one.
Considering all these benefits and the knowledge that if
you're not online, your competitor will be - having an online
presence isn't so much a question of "Should I?", but "How do
I?". But the thought of managing a website, especially one that
offers online ordering, can seem daunting for many small
Crafters can hire a website designer to create an online
presence with ecommerce capabilities for them. There are often
high costs associated with the design and management of websites,
of course. There are also concerns about things like security and
payment, which must be handled appropriately in this day and age
of identify theft. Another option is to join an online crafters'
mall. A good crafters' mall will make things easy for crafters,
as it will have created the basic infrastructure already and they
won't have to worry about the logistics of maintaining the
website; they will only have to update their personal information
and fill the orders that start coming in.
Catherine Stabler is owner of the virtual craft mall Gold Leaf
which brings together crafters, artists, artisans and designers
with interested buyers worldwide via the Internet.
MORE RESOURCES updated Fri. April / 19 / 2019
AO festival seeks vendors Early Bird Newspaper
GREENVILLE – The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is still accepting applications for Vendors and Concessionaires for the 2019 festival, which will take place ...
Hobby Lobby opens in Effingham | Local News Effingham Daily News
EFFINGHAM — Area residents have been waiting a long time for Hobby Lobby's grand opening, which happened Monday morning at its location at 1006 North ...
This 'N That Lewiston Sun Journal
TOPS. NORWAY — TOPS meets Tuesdays in the Association Hall at Town & Country Mobile Home Village, 99 Town & Country Drive, Norway. Weigh-in is from ...
Arts and Crafts events Johnson City Press (subscription)
Art on Main, Historic Main Street, Hendersonville, N.C.: Applications are available for the 60th annual “Art on Main” fine art and fine craft festival in ...
Bringing history to life Winnipeg Free Press
Darryl Audette started building models when he was 12 years old. “I always built ships and planes and stuff like that and would throw them on the roof when I ...
Obituary for March 20, 2019 Baker City Herald
Arlene Saul Baker City, 1962-2019 Arlene Fay Saul, 56, of Baker City, died March 17, 2019, at Boise, surrounded by her husband and sons. Arlene was born on ...
Community calendar | News, Sports, Jobs Evening Observer
THURSDAY, APRIL 4 National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution - Benjamin Prescott Chapter meeting, 1 p.m., Patterson Library, 40 S.
Humanities, crafts aren’t ‘hobbies’ Pune Mirror
They are food for the soul and can put food on your table, too. After decades of favouring technical academic subjects over the humanities, in fact pushing and ...
Art & Craft Fair | Crafts and hobbies Madison.com
Get a head start on your holiday shopping with over 100 vendors at American Family's annual Art & Craft Fair! This event is free and open to the public. There.
Art Spin "Collaborate" | Crafts and hobbies Madison.com
Bring your families and join us for an afternoon of hands-on fun! Our friends from the Very Special Artists (VSA) Wisconsin choir will serenade us as we use ...
Animal Superpowers | Crafts and hobbies Madison.com
Did you know that animals have superpowers? Join a specialist from the Dane County Humane Society and learn about incredible adaptations that give animals ...
How to Make Paper Snowflakes the Easy Way Real Simple
Whether you're making a Christmas garland or DIY window decorations, learning how to make paper snowflakes is the easiest way to make your home feel ...
Hobby Lobby closes Depew store Buffalo News
The Hobby Lobby store at 2090 George Urban Blvd in Depew has closed. Hobby Lobby has remaining stores at 6743 Transit Road in Lancaster, 3701 McKinley ...
I like crafting Newsday
Hobbies I enjoy are piano, writing, math, and swimming, but my favorite thing to do is crafts. I like to make miniature places like mini campsites out of paper, glue, ...
How to make money from your hobby Balikbayan Magazine
Having a hobby is an important part of life. People usually pass off their hobbies as something trivial, but they're a great way to express yourself and to relieve ...
30 hobbies to try in 2019 in Asheville AVLtoday
Whenever we ask you (our readers) what you love about WNC, one of the biggest responses we hear is the range of things to do. From hiking + rock climbing to ...
Holiday Craft Fair | Crafts and hobbies Madison.com
The annual St. Albert the Great Holiday Craft Fair will be held November 17, 2018 in Sun Prairie. This popular area craft fair features artists, crafters, vendors and ...
Dark Magick: A creepy twist on crafts The New Hampshire
The leaves turn yellow, the air gets colder, Halloween creeps nearer, and the Dark Magick Arts and Crafts Faire returns to Portsmouth, NH, for its third year.
Hobby Lobby secrets | Everyday Cheapskate The Star Democrat
I was late to the party but somehow managed to catch up quickly. Up until about three years ago, I'd never stepped foot into one of the national chain's 800-plus.
Hobby Lobby to open Dec. 31 | Main Street Watauga Democrat
BOONE — After renovating over the majority of 2018, the craft and home decor store Hobby Lobby will be cutting the ribbon on its 50000-plus-square-foot Boone ...
The top craft trends for 2019 revealed Prima
The best new arts and crafts trends for next year have been revealed by Hobbycraft and include Dirty Pouring, pyrography, calligraphy and candle making.