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Etsy Speaker Series: The Handmade Marketplace

Mar 24, 2010

by daniellexo

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Kari Chapin, author of The Handmade Marketplace, is visiting Etsy and bringing four of the book’s crafty contributors with her. We’re excited to host the next event in Etsy’s Speaker Series with The Handmade Marketplace panel on April 1, 2010 at 7 p.m. ET at the Etsy Labs in DUMBO, Brooklyn, NYBe sure to RSVP here.  

Not able to attend the live event?  We’ll be broadcasting the panel live in Etsy’s online workshops, the Virtual Labs.   

Read on for more info from the speakers visiting Etsy in April. 

Kari Chapin, a.k.a. chixon

Kari has spent the past 15 years in the professional world, experimenting with marketing, publicity, freelance writing, community relations and styling. For someone who spends a great deal of time with artisans and craftspeople, it wasn’t surprising that one day a compact fluorescent light bulb went off above her head, and she sat down and wrote the best-selling The Handmade Marketplace.


Photo of Kari and her book by Eric Nixon

Kari: “The idea for my book, The Handmade Marketplace, came to me a few years ago when I was working in an adorable home goods boutique as the manager and buyer. The shop already had a strong focus on handmade goods when I came on board, but I saw an opportunity to add even more to my tiny shop’s shelves.

I started contacting Etsy sellers asking if they would be interested in selling some of their goods in my store, and lo and behold, these amazing sellers had a lot of questions for me. I found myself on a weekly basis writing up long, descriptive emails, guiding these fine folks regarding the ins and outs of working with a brick and mortar store.”

Jennifer Judd-McGee, a.k.a. swallowfield

A mixed-media artist and illustrator living in Portland, Maine, Jennifer shows her work in galleries across the U.S. and in Canada and does freelance editorial work for magazines. 

Jennifer: “I love that I make and sell things directly to people all over the world. I love being able to enclose a little note with something I made and have and it go right from my hands into the recipient’s hands. It feels kind of lovely and old-fashioned, even though it is only possible due to high-powered new technology.”

swallowfield‘s Renegade booth, photo by Kari Chapin


Betsy Cross, a.k.a. betsyandiya

Portland-based Betsy is an oil and charcoal artist and a photographer, but she is mostly known for being an amazing jewelry designer. Betsy and I met each other a few years ago, and I’m not surprised by her current success. She is as gutsy and friendly and fresh as her designs. 

Betsy: “My retail exists because I met an awesome jewelry designer, and asked how in the heck she has so many Etsy sales. She said one word (actually two): ‘My blog.’ Was she ever right!”

Photo by Betsy Cross

 


Liz Smith, a.k.a.
madeinlowell

Liz runs her business out of a studio in an old textile mill in Lowell, Massachusetts, where she creates felted and polymer clay accessories and jewelry for craft shows and her Etsy shop.  

Liz: “I love making and selling things! This is what I’ve always wanted to do. I’m living my dream and giving others a little bit of happiness with each thing I make. That’s just bliss.”

Photo by madeinlowell

 

Kim Werker,  KimWerker.com
Kim is from Vancouver, Canada and is the former editor of Interweave Crochet magazine, the founder of CrochetMe.com, and the author or co-author of six books, including Crocheted Gifts, Crochet Me, and Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting. I “met” Kim online, through Twitter. She is an excellent resource when it comes to the topics of crafting and technology. 

Kim: “Authenticity is the single most important currency in online life. Share your process, your products, your relevant work experiences. Follow the Golden Rule, and treat other people as you want to be treated.”

Photo from Crochetme.com

Remember, this event is free, but you must RSVP here

98 comments

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 9 years ago

    April 1st? Hmmm...maybe I could make this event. I'd love to attend.

  • sweetcarolinadesign

    sweetcarolinadesign said 9 years ago

    That looks like an interesting book. I think I might have to get a copy! Thanks for the info!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 9 years ago

    Great article! Look's like a must have book!

  • VintageHoneysuckle

    VintageHoneysuckle said 9 years ago

    Sounds like an interesting and informative meeting! I need to find that book, too. :)

  • TheIntuitiveGarden

    TheIntuitiveGarden said 9 years ago

    I'm reading the book now! It's such a great resource! =)

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 9 years ago

    What an interesting group of artists! I will join in on the fun April 1st!

  • frenchtoastfriday

    frenchtoastfriday said 9 years ago

    If only Kuala Lumpur and Brooklyn were within driving distance, I would so be there.

  • BirdonWireStudio

    BirdonWireStudio said 9 years ago

    I'm definitely going to get a copy of that book!

  • pinestreetphoto

    pinestreetphoto said 9 years ago

    great article. thanks for the inspiration :)

  • ShopClementine

    ShopClementine said 9 years ago

    This will be simul-cast in the Labs, right? Looks like a great panel!!

  • frenchtoastfriday

    frenchtoastfriday said 9 years ago

    If only Kuala Lumpur and Brooklyn were within driving distance, I would so be there!

  • thelightningbolts

    thelightningbolts said 9 years ago

    I'm waiting for my copy to arrive any day now! So excited to join the Lab!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    I was just thinking about buying this book last night!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 9 years ago

    Great article !

  • atamayka

    atamayka said 9 years ago

    I bought it and love it! It's well structured, easy to read (or gulp like I do) and I personally love the questions and straight answers from the artists and crafters. Whether you sell in internet, shops or do craft shows, it really covers everything. I haven't opened my shop yet, but with such great and detailed tips, I think I'll be well prepared as soon as I finish production. Wish me luck!

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape said 9 years ago

    This book sounds like a must have. Thanks for the info!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 9 years ago

    is this going to be available online?? looks really great!!

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler said 9 years ago

    Oh I wasn't aware of this book. Now I feel compelled to check it out.

  • NomadCraftsSupplies

    NomadCraftsSupplies said 9 years ago

    Wonderful! This sounds like a good read! Thanks so much! I love all of the picks too!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 9 years ago

    Looking forward to reading it.

  • TheMulberryButton

    TheMulberryButton said 9 years ago

    Sounds like a good handbook-even for beginners.

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 9 years ago

    Looks a good, well thought out read. If only I had the talent to make anything! Oh well, I love vintage too...

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 9 years ago

    Oh how I wish I could attend the event! I'm sure the book is just wonderful; I'll have to go find a copy. Thank you!!

  • SaritaBaby

    SaritaBaby said 9 years ago

    The book is amazing, it is a must buy and must read!!!!

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 9 years ago

    This sounds like it will be a truly wonderful event! I wish I were closer! I will be looking up a copy of the book ~ I have just been asked to sell my wares in a local shop... I'm so excited!!

  • craftylittlecritters

    craftylittlecritters said 9 years ago

    Looks like a great book!!

  • pasin

    pasin said 9 years ago

    Wonderful

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 9 years ago

    Great article...oh man I would love to be there!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 9 years ago

    Great information! Lovely items!!

  • GraydaysPrintShop

    GraydaysPrintShop said 9 years ago

    How fortuitous- I just saw this book as a suggested book on my amazon account last night will have to get me a copy!! So inspiring and thanks for sharing. And hooray for swallowfield-fellow portland Mainer!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 9 years ago

    Great article. Book looks very informative. Love the egg ornament and little brown bunny!

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 9 years ago

    Thanks for info! I would love to have this book one day! Thank you girls for anoncment!

  • TheLoudLion

    TheLoudLion said 9 years ago

    cant wait to read it! thanks for letting us know about it! xo

  • megrnc

    megrnc said 9 years ago

    So wish I could be there!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the great article!

  • littlealouette

    littlealouette said 9 years ago

    AWESOME> I love these folks!

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 9 years ago

    great article!! thank you!

  • LaurieCoyleDesigns

    LaurieCoyleDesigns said 9 years ago

    Ooh I so wish I could join you ladies for this event! I'm sure it will be the super-awesome-est of the decade, and we are all crazy if we miss it!

  • megrnc

    megrnc said 9 years ago

    What a great addition to Etsy's Speaker Series. Beyond being a super cute and attractive book, Kari's Handmade Marketplace will no doubt be the craft/indie business bible for at least the next 10 years. Questions about business cards? Social marketing? Selling wholesale or consignment? It's all there, plus cute illustrations, stories told in the first person by today's most promising artists and crafters, and bits of information crammed into every nook and cranny. I get bored easily and rarely read a reference book cover to cover, but this one I did and have gone back and read parts twice. Highly recommended for those starting out in the business and to those with experience (I've been selling for over 5 years and found loads of good tips in Kari's book). This book should be on every crafter's bookshelf. And getting to hear Betsy Cross, Jennifer Judd-McGee, Liz Smith and Kim Werker? I would so be there if lived closer to NYC.

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 9 years ago

    wow, book looks very informative

  • uhuui

    uhuui said 9 years ago

    Soo placing my order on amazon today!

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    IlluminatedPerfume said 9 years ago

    Awesome! Wish I still lived in Brooklyn...sigh.

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta said 9 years ago

    OOOOoohh! that book looks nice!! I want to read it!!

  • 3squares

    3squares said 9 years ago

    wish i could be there! can't wait to check out the book.

  • DornickDesigns

    DornickDesigns said 9 years ago

    I purchased this book initially because Emily Martin [The Black Apple] did some of the illustrations and I simply adore her and her work. But then, when the book arrived, I could not put it down. I've been selling my jewelry on the internet for 6 years now and this little 210 page book would have been worth it's weight in gold to me back then. What has taken me years to figure out on my own, is within the charming little pages of this book. A MUST have for anybody making and selling art and crafts these days. I would highly recommend this book. You will not regret purchasing it, I can promise you that. The references and links alone are worth the cost of the book. You'll love it ~ I promise!

  • DornickDesigns

    DornickDesigns said 9 years ago

    I purchased this book initially because Emily Martin [The Black Apple] did some of the illustrations and I simply adore her and her work. But then, when the book arrived, I could not put it down. I've been selling my jewelry on the internet for 6 years now and this little 210 page book would have been worth it's weight in gold to me back then. What has taken me years to figure out on my own, is within the charming little pages of this book. A MUST have for anybody making and selling art and crafts these days. I would highly recommend this book. You will not regret purchasing it, I can promise you that. The references and links alone are worth the cost of the book. You'll love it ~ I promise!

  • TipieTipieTop

    TipieTipieTop said 9 years ago

    sounds intersting, wish I lived in brooklyn too :(

  • minnalee

    minnalee said 9 years ago

    This is a fantastic book - tons of advice for anyone who has an Etsy store or is thinking about opening one. Kari really walks you through all the steps and the "been there, done that" anecdotes from the contributors are really helpful.

  • HandmadeByKat

    HandmadeByKat said 9 years ago

    I just bought the book. Can't wait to read it!!! What really prompted me to buy the book, in addition to the fabulous contributors and article above, is the comments here from other Etsy sellers. I think this will be one reference book that I actually finish and go back to.

  • katherynmd

    katherynmd said 9 years ago

    Would love to be able to live closer but thank you for the awareness of the book! Sounds great.

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse said 9 years ago

    I'll have to pick this book up!

  • Bezencilla

    Bezencilla said 9 years ago

    I am looking forward to have this book, but I can't find the shop to get it. Any help?

  • Bezencilla

    Bezencilla said 9 years ago

    I am in Amsterdam, so maybe it is not available in here?

  • blackviolets

    blackviolets said 9 years ago

    I have the book and it's a great resource for every aspect of selling your wares.

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 9 years ago

    Awesome!

  • TessaKim

    TessaKim said 9 years ago

    oooo I will need to get that book!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 9 years ago

    nice article.

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 9 years ago

    wish I could be there!! I want the book, too :)

  • tundraberry

    tundraberry said 9 years ago

    I just finished reading the book a couple of weeks ago and I love it! Awesome information and very detailed! I would recommend it to anyone!

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 9 years ago

    It's a bit far to commute to Brooklyn...

  • myzoetrope

    myzoetrope said 9 years ago

    So awesome! I'll be there!

  • ArtsyTartsyJewels

    ArtsyTartsyJewels said 9 years ago

    What great timing! I just ordered this book two days ago. :)

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 9 years ago

    Bezencilla - it's always a good idea to ask your local book shop to get it for their store. Otherwise, you could buy it online.

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin said 9 years ago

    I want this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sammis2shoes

    Sammis2shoes said 9 years ago

    Yep another book to add to my already loaded shelf. But ... it sounds worth it right? :) Thanks for the heads up for a fantastic book release etsy.

  • sweettidings

    sweettidings said 9 years ago

    I need to get that book too! Sounds very helpful!

  • RoyalRuby

    RoyalRuby said 9 years ago

    This book is amazing!! Very informative, and fun to read too! I always have it in my bag and refer back to it often!!! Thank You, Kari Chapin!!!

  • ilovehearts

    ilovehearts said 9 years ago

    I have the book on order in the UK. Can't wait to read it... x

  • littleseeta

    littleseeta said 9 years ago

    great article! might just have to pick up a copy of the book too =) thanks!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 9 years ago

    I will definitely have to check out this book. I'm huge on resources and I love learning new bits of information. If I lived anywhere NYC I would be in attendance!

  • autumnray09

    autumnray09 said 9 years ago

    Ya know, its funny how I came across this article after I returned from the bookstore reviewing the handmade marketplace book. I reviewed it and five other craft marketing books. It's definitely a book to have in your library. May you all be successful!!

  • compassrosedesigns

    compassrosedesigns said 9 years ago

    So great to find this article here! I bought this book in Phoenix, while visiting family. Great book, so great in fact that I wanted to find a quiet place to read while the others did the visiting.

  • bynichole

    bynichole said 9 years ago

    i got this book about a month ago, I thought it was great and have passed it on to a friend. I will be in the VL for sure!!

  • sweaterheads

    sweaterheads said 9 years ago

    Great article! Wish I could be there to hear her speak. I will get the book though. Sounds like a great read.

  • ZurDesigns

    ZurDesigns said 9 years ago

    Just ordered it from my local Indie Bookseller! Great information!!

  • VanFleetStreetDesign

    VanFleetStreetDesign said 9 years ago

    April 1st is a good day to have this! It's my birthday...and that's no April Fools Day joke! LOL

  • 4hands

    4hands said 9 years ago

    love the book, it was a surprise gift and i read half of it before i started to wonder who sent it. . . thanks mom

  • jenskelley

    jenskelley said 9 years ago

    Yes! Happy to read this article. My spot illustrations can be found throughout the Handmade Marketplace. This book is great for crafters. Highly recommend!!

  • woolbrain

    woolbrain said 9 years ago

    WoW a book for us :) how fabulous I will look for it here in Canada Thank you so much :)

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 9 years ago

    I hope to make the virtual lab. Have already submitted my question!!

  • kidgiddy

    kidgiddy said 9 years ago

    I wish I could come to the "event" - but I have a meeting I have to go to that also starts at 7 at church! I will most certainly be watching this event on rewind!!! I'm so afraid of doing my first craft fair. I'm afraid of bombing and afraid of success! so i stand still! I hope they will talk about doing fairs and all that!! ☻/ /▌ / \ and hi to swallowfield - from Scarborough! Thanks, kg

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 9 years ago

    would love to go to the Kari event, but it will be a challenge that I cannot afford right now. Are you coming to Boston anytime soon???

  • slete

    slete said 9 years ago

    I'm waiting for my copy to arrive any day now! can't wait to join the group

  • jmliss

    jmliss said 9 years ago

    Sound great! Wish I could go... will definately be at the virtual lab!

  • jmliss

    jmliss said 9 years ago

    Sound great! Wish I could go... will definately be at the virtual lab!

  • knitvic

    knitvic said 9 years ago

    I have read the book but still am a bit clueless about how to set wholesale and retail prices. I often get great bargains for creative materials but then have to pay full price for replacements if/when I make more. Do I use the full price to set the price? Or do I just eat the cost because I don't want to raise prices? Help!

  • birchbeerboutique

    birchbeerboutique said 9 years ago

    hmm...i must get this book! i'll see you all there on thursday - virtually that is.

  • customdesigns4ubynan

    customdesigns4ubynan said 9 years ago

    Since I was laid off in Jan 2009 I have setting up my etsy store and learning how to sell online. As I tell people, this IS my day job. Although I have learned a lot on my own, my sales aren't nearly enough to support me. I need all the help I can get. I will buy this book and be in the virtual lab. Thank you very much for hosting this event, and for etsy itself.

  • pinkpolkaDotties

    pinkpolkaDotties said 9 years ago

    Have to pick up that book!!! Will certainly be in the virtual lab. Sounds very informative!!!!!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 9 years ago

    i wish i could be there in NY to see this but i will be in the virtual lab for sure...i look forward to seeing the Handmade book too!!

  • LisasLittleCreations

    LisasLittleCreations said 9 years ago

    Great!! Can't make it but will definitely check out the book & virtual lab. :)

  • CreatebyCherylAnn

    CreatebyCherylAnn said 9 years ago

    Would like to be in the virtual lab. How do I do that?

  • wabisabibrooklyn

    wabisabibrooklyn said 9 years ago

    It was awesome - thank you!

  • SterlingnStone

    SterlingnStone said 9 years ago

    Ugh! I am just sick that I missed this virtual panel discussion. Yesterday was just too hectic--too much on the table--and I lost track of time. Will there be a video of the discussion in any of the resources on Etsy???

  • PrettySnug

    PrettySnug said 9 years ago

    I'm off to buy this book now!

  • thebootychest

    thebootychest said 9 years ago

    This is my BIBLE!!!! I bought this book on a whim last month and it has inspired me and given me courage. I am so thankful my sister pointed this book out to me. It has gotten me started, and I am posting my products on Thursday. I am so excited. I'm finally doing what I always dreamed I could, but never knew I could!

  • xoazuree

    xoazuree said 9 years ago

    I can not express how helpful and fun to read this book is. The contributors are all from my favorite blogs of all kinds and online communities (Etsy, Raverly, Design*Sponge, etc.) and it was really interesting to read how some of my favorite blogs got started. My mom bought this book for me when I told her I wanted to start an Etsy shop to sell my Polaroid greeting cards and prints and it was such a great place to start! Best of luck to everyone in their shops!

  • xoazuree

    xoazuree said 9 years ago

    Oh, and I forgot to mention how super cute the book is!

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