While local retail sales drop, there’s one marketplace gaining profits—handmade arts and crafts.
In the early 1900s, handmade items were common. Shopping only provided the basic materials for living, everything else was homemade. An entirely handmade Christmas was nothing unusual, and gifts received were generally cherished based on the time and effort spent on an item, rather than brand name or cost.
But soon things began to change. With the emergence of factories, items were being produced quickly and in large qualities. This gained many men exceptional wealth, but it also cost the customer the quality and affection that comes with a handmade good.
After World War II, mass production skyrocketed. Suburbs w cookie cooker houses, and the Western World developed a new found love of shopping. With this love came the need for a greater quantity of products, and a greater demand for bulk production.
But now things are starting to change. Handmade items are slowly making their way back into mainstream popularity. People are looking for uniqueness, rather than simplicity. And this with change, a new breed of store was born: an arts and craft based marketplace.
According to an article from Business Week, more and more customers are willing to spend big bucks to buy handmade. It doesn’t matter what the product is: home furnishings, jewelry, pottery, structures, even clothing—people want merchandise with favor. People want art.
At the American Craft Council’s annual show in Baltimore, revenue from crafts spiked $17 million, more than doubling in the last decade, according to Business Week. And that’s just one craft show. The total impact of craft sales annually is somewhere between $12.3 billion and $13.8 billion, according to a survey done by the Craft Organization Directors Association in 2001. The survey also reports that there are between 106,000 and 126,000 crafters living in the United States.
Simply put, the demand for handmade goods is soaring. The best part of it is that people are making money while doing something that they love. And they’re transferring that love into a special hand crafted item.
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be involved in this marketplace. If you have a talent or craft you want to share with the world, now is the time to do so! And with free online trading sites like Art Fire, selling has never been easier. So give it a try, list an item for sell, what have you got to lose?