This Article- “Essential Maker Tips: How to Find Local Craft Shows”

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Maybe you’ve just started selling your crafts or maybe you have a well-established Etsy business.  Have you ever considered selling your goods at a craft show?  Where do you even begin looking?  This Article- “Essential Maker Tips: How to Find Local Craft Shows” is a great resource for all those looking to sell their goods at craft shows and street fairs.  Thanks for providing us with such a great resource!  Click on the image below to read the article.

Find craft shows in your area. Get tips from the CreativeLive blog and check out Nicole Stevenson's Craft Show Secrets: How to Get In, Make Sales, and Grow Your Business.


Etsy Announces Their Own Mobile Credit Card Reader!

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Etsy made an exciting announcement this morning… they are now offering their own mobile credit card reader! This is great news for anyone who does a lot of craft fairs, especially since the holidays are right around the corner. Here is all of the information in a nutshell:

  • U.S. sellers are able to request an Etsy mobile credit card reader for free starting today. The card swiper will work on iOS and Android devices.
  • A customer can now purchase an item from your Etsy shop in person! This means that when a customer purchases an item from you at a craft fair (or anywhere else for that matter) the sale will reflect in your Etsy shop.
  • Sold items are automatically taken out of your Etsy shop like any other ‘sold out’ item. You no longer need to take down sold items once you sell them in person.
  • The card reader will charge you a competitive fee of 2.75% for each credit card swipe. The regular 3.5% Etsy transaction fee does not apply.
  • A receipt can be emailed to the buyer and it will include photos of other items in your shop to help prompt repeat purposes. This also reminds the buyer where they purchased the item and encourages them to visit your online shop.

If you’re interested in ordering a free card reader make sure to do it soon. I do not know if there is a limited supply of them,  but my bet is that they will go fast. Go HERE to order your own free card reader. You can read the full Etsy announcement on their blog here.


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Today we are featuring  This is a new social networking site for the community of fine crafters.  The content includes site-wide discussion forums (tents, supplies, accounting, craft and art shows, website development, etc.) and group discussion forums (such as fiber, stone, metal, jewelry, etc.) where the talk is specific to your medium.

Here is what Bill McLauchlan, the founder of the site, has to say:

You are the crafters.  You work hard at your metalsscraft during the week and then load up the van and head for a hot parking lot or a dusty field.  You set up early in the morning, sometimes before the sun has risen.  You hope it doesn’t rain or get too windy.  You sit in your booth wondering if your neighbor will get all the customers while you get none. You eat lousy food. It’s a very long and very tiring day.

Hopefully, when it’s time to tear down you will have a smile on your face because you made some money. Hopefully, there is much less craft going back into the van than came out.

You get home late.  Maybe there is time for a glass of wine or a beer but most likely you’re ready to crash and hit the bed.

The next morning, you get up and are faced with the reality that this week’s “job” is over.  It’s time to apply for another job where the “work” probably won’t even start for another six months. Even then, it’s only another two-day job.

Such is the life you have chosen.  Such is the life your craft show colleagues have chosen.

Piece of leather and some is all about you and by you.  It’s about the craft you create, the equipment you use, the shows you apply to, and what works and what doesn’t work.

We’re just getting started and the content will be limited.  We’ll be adding features and tweaking the site as time goes by.   We especially want to hear from you about what features you would like to see included.  The more who join and participate, the richer the site will become.

So yes – it’s all about you.  Get started! handmade in letterpress type

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