A Book Review: The Handmade Marketplace

The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line by Kari Chapin is a valuable resource for crafters everywhere. This book starts at the very beginning (think: what will I make?) and leads you, step-by-step, to creating your business name, building your brand, selling online, and everything else in between.

If you’re looking to get started in the handmade world, but haven’t yet taken the leap, this is an excellent starting point. If you’re already established, the book still has some valuable information to offer. I appreciated the extensive list of resources which consisted of people in the business who contributed to the book. The author dubbed this group her “Creative Collection.”  It was made up of crafters, bloggers, podcasters, magazine editors, and more.

I found some really great leads in the resource links, and it turns out the helpful people who contributed to the Handmade Marketplace were quite popular already! I wondered if I was the only person out there who didn’t know about them. As in, “I just found the most exotic land to vacation, but it’s sort of a secret treasure. It’s called: Hawaii.”

Kari Chapin’s “Creative Collection” have their hand in everything from craft shows to podcasting, and this book reads like you’re sitting over their shoulder as they carefully explain all the tools of expansion. If you’re just beginning, or you’ve reached a plateau and you’re looking for a new angle, I would highly recommend The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line. Best of luck ♥

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