This week, the craft internet is all business … and, okay, a little fun too. Kinda reminds us of an epic shopping adventure, really, because what business and fun better than a flea market? These aren’t your typical lots-of-junk (and rare good stuff) flea markets, though. There’s an upswing in curated flea markets filled with well-designed, thoughtfully planned wares. Etsy without the shipping fees? We’ll take it.
Learn more about curated flea markets at the Columbus Dispatch.
Top seller Timothy Adam started out as a delivery truck driver learning how to to weld. Then, he started creating metal furniture and jewelry, which he put up on Etsy. And then Barney’s, the famous Manhattan department store, placed an order and the rest was history: Not only is Adam one of the top sellers on the site, but he also has a huge independent online presence and has authored a new book on how to make money selling handmade products. His best advice? Having at least 15 items in your shop.
Read more of Timothy Adam’s handmade business tips at Business News Daily.
It seems only natural that all things vintage now includes reproduction. With the trend on the serious upswing, repro vintage combines classic style with modern fit and is in serious high demand. If you’re a seamstress, stock up on your Vintage Vogue patterns, stat.
Read more about the evolution of vintage clothing trends at The Star.
So we hear there’s about to be a new Harry Potter movie out. And fittingly, there’s an upswing in handmade items paying tribute to our favorite wizard. Some of it is tasteful, but there’s lots of … interesting … Harry Potter-themed wares out there. Such as this Gryffindor doggie hat.
See more eccentric Harry Potter-themed handmade goods at Reelz Channel.
Broaden your crafty horizons to an international level with Made by Hand, a new television show airing in Melbourne, Australia, starting June 28th. Web videos of the episodes will be posted after each one airs, in addition to information about the fabulous personalities profiled, such as high-fashion milliner Richard Nylon.
Find out more about the program at Made By Hand.
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