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The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online [Paperback]

Kari Chapin
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5 Mar 2010
First, determine the right price for every item, not too expensive and definitely not too cheap. Whether the product is beaded jewellery or felted slippers, illustrations or tote bags, author Kari Chapin helps crafters determine cost of goods, market competition, and the pros and cons of wholesale and retail sales. If the price is right, customers will buy. Then it's on to selling. The boom in indie craft fairs and sites such as Etsy ('Your place to buy & sell all things handmade') is providing artisans with an ever-expanding marketplace for handcrafted items. Chapin demystifies every venue. She explains the guidelines that craft fairs impose on exhibitors, the typical yearly calendar of shows, and how to start a new craft fair. For the crafter interested in online sales, there are tips on styling and propping crafts for photographs and technical explanations of how the most popular Web marketplaces run. Traditional brick and mortar consignment stores are still very good options for many crafters. Chapin explains how to approach shopkeepers and build strong relationships. Wrapping everything up with media advice and tips on how to get the word out, "The Hand-made Marketplace" is the sales and marketing bible that today's crafters need.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC (5 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603424776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603424776
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 16.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know in one book! 29 July 2010
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This book covers everything you could possibly want to know about selling your handmade crafts, whether at local fairs or online, or both.
It is filled with great advice from the very basics - simple ideas which leave you thinking 'why didn't I think of that?' - to much more complicated stuff like creating a website or a blog (which I did after reading the book and didn't realise how easy it would be).
I can't praise this book enough. I found it really inspiring because lots of the ideas are really easy to put into practice. All you need is a little time and a little effort.
Highly recommended!
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An overall informative book. 27 Sep 2010
This is a good book about selling your crafts. It is buy an American author, however I am English, and I think it would apply to anybody. Unfortunately, there is a tendancy of the author to focus on blogging and social network sites as a means to sell crafts, (which is ok if thats what you're interested in) but only a small amount related to selling at craft fairs, in shops etc. However, overall a good book with some very useful information.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointed 20 Dec 2010
Although this book has a lot of helpful information for crafters I personally was rather disappointed as it is very definately aimed at the USA market place.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars crafting success! 18 July 2010
I stumbled upon this book via a blog and after viewing the sneak peek pages purchased it with excitement! It is by far the best money i have ever spent and is even more inciteful and inspirational than i could have expected. Everything you need to know to set up a craft business,from idea conception to selling online, marketing and sales. I recommend this for any level, from people already selling like myself or someone with a dream. Brilliant resource.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful and inspiring 3 Jan 2011
By Sami
I found this book really useful and inspiring. I read most of it on a long train journey, making notes as i went. The book is written in a very easy-to-read manner- no confusing business-speak or bits that go on for far too long. It is broken up into sections which make a lot of sense- this means that i'm sure it will be easy to dip in and out of as i need to refresh my memory on certain topics. There is also snippets of advice from people who have been there and done it, which is both comforting and useful.
I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone who has set up a business and is well on their way, making profit and marketing happily. It's for people who are thinking about doing it, have just started, or creating things as a hobby and trying to take it further. it is not a simplified book in any way, just aimed more at those just starting out.
Although it is an American book and therefore has american references, meaning the sections on tax and pricing weren't as useful, i wouldnt let this put you off. there is still a lot of relevant info for uk readers too. also, it doesnt refer to one craft, and gives examples in several throughout the book. i am a jewellery maker and found it useful.
I do not regret buying this book, and i would recommend it to anyone who is feeling like they need a bit of advice, or something to sit down and read to clarify what to do and where to go next. it has given me ideas for new goals to set myself, and new ways of going about things that seemed a lot more terrifying beforehand.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice in a fun but serious style 4 Jun 2010
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I adore this book. I chose this and Craft, Inc (also good) to get some advice about making the most of my Etsy shop. THM is full of brilliant tips that seem so obvious you'll wonder why you didn't think of them.

The book is very up-to-date with information on using social media and marketing strategies as well as the business basics. I particularly liked the sections with input from well-known crafty businesspeople, such as reps from Etsy and Ravelry.

I would definitely recommend this book and have done already to all of my crafty entrepreneur friends!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive AND Concise 2 Jan 2011
By michka
This is a great read for any person thinking of starting (or who has recently started) their own craft business - it is filled with information, ideas and insights on how best to market your product.

Although it is most certainly written for an American audience, most of the information is transferable to people working anywhere in the world. This is because the major focus of the book is on the use of online media such as websites, blogs, online stores and various social media.

If you are interested in moving your business forward by seriously considering growing your online presence, then this book is most definitely for you!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your ticket to ride 4 July 2010
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More than simply giving information about how to work out your market place, and how to proceed, this book has a wealth of other information, too. For instance, there is a lot about the contributors, their business ethos, products, websites etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yay
Scored major brownie points with my wife with this
Published 1 month ago by Stu Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and useful
A really useful and comprehensive guide to selling crafts. As crafty folks know all too well, one might be able to make beautiful objects, but the selling ... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars I feel Inspired! To rewrite this book myself...
[I was provided with book for the price of No Monies thanks to the publisher, Storey Publishing, and the ever wonderful NetGalley. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Theo
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good read, nice design & layout. Only problem all dealt with American stuff, would hav like more uk or Irish based information
Published 5 months ago by Maura
4.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed.
Lots of information if you want to make a proper go of a new crafting business, but be warned, it is American so some of the information is not relevant to the UK.
Published 5 months ago by Lesley Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a gift
Given as a Christmas gift for a homemade enthusiast who already produces and sells her own cards. This book was fully appreciated and has been put to good use.
Published 6 months ago by Aneres
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
A 2nd edition of the brilliant Handmade Marketplace, anything you ever wanted to know about starting and running a craft business. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars LIKE NEW
Haven't read it yet but skimmed through it and it looks interesting. It is in perfect nick and was quick delivery, thanks.
Published 9 months ago by vms
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Reading through and getting help from it for my online business. Great Transaction This book has some very good practical tips to help you with your craft business
Published 10 months ago by Nicola Berresford
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Advice.
Lots of valuable advice on marketing and selling your handmade products. Easy to dip in to.Will definitely come in handy
Published 14 months ago by Jane Jones
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