Using Your Computer to Work Smarter, Not Harder

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Making ends meet is a continuous struggle so it is refreshing to see artists finding a wayBuy Handmade to reach out to new markets. Have any of you visited Etsy.com, “your place to buy and sell all things handmade”?

Etsy.com is an online site where artists and craftspeople can set up their own virtual shops to sell their work to buyers. It was founded in 2005 by photographer and painter Rob Karlin with the help of Chris Maguire and Haim Scoppik. Unlike eBay, where art and craftwork can be difficult to locate amid so much else, etsy limits its sales to artists and craftspeople. It also charges a much more modest fee (20 cents per listing; 3.5 percent commission) on sales.

I assume most of you are aware of this marketplace, but just in case you aren’t, did you know that there are 250,000 shop owners on this site who make and sell:

art
bags & purses
ceramics and pottery
furniture
glass
paper goods
woodworking
everything else!

And sales are being made! Here is a link to a story in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/16905686.html

booth at art fairAdditionally, here is a whimsical blog entry, The Big Show, by an Etsy artist, Menagerie Studio, about participating in an art fair that took place this weekend in Texas.

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