Meet Summer Schultz. This crafty maker is an artist and woodworker creating one of a kind pieces. Read on to learn how Summer decided to pursue her passion for making full-time. Introduce us to you: who you are, where you’re from – all the important details. My name is Summer Schultz. I am an artist and maker looking to inspire and create one of a kind pieces that speak to your soul. I grew … [Read more...] about Meet the Maker: Summer Schultz
Meet Katie Ford. Ever since she was little, this colorful maker always knew she had a creative calling in life - so it's no surprise that her passion for making has become a part of her professional and personal life. Read on to learn how Katie got her start as a maker and how her business, Fiber and Gloss, came to be! Introduce us to you. My name is Katie Ford. I'm the artist and owner of … [Read more...] about Meet the Maker: Katie Ford
The Salvaged Boutique makes home decor accessible with handcrafted finds, friendly service and DIY workshops. Kathy Cruz and her sister, Karen Studd, are co-owners of The Salvaged Boutique, a home decor retailer and creative studio in Lakewood, Ohio. We caught up with Kathy to find out what makes the successful shop tick. What inspired you to start your business? Karen and I grew up really poor, … [Read more...] about Independent Business Spotlight: The Salvaged Boutique
Meet Abby Glassenberg and Kristin Link. These accomplished makers may have started their creative journeys individually, but their passion for sewing brought their paths together, resulting in the dynamic duo behind the Craft Industry Alliance. Introduce us to you. A: I’m Abby Glassenberg. I’m a sewing pattern designer, journalist and teacher. I live in Wellesley, Massachusetts with my … [Read more...] about Meet the Makers: Abby & Kristin of Craft Industry Alliance
Hi, this is Kara, from Kailo Chic and I am here to share the pros and cons of selling online that I have learned over the past 14 years in business. Kailo Chic started in February 2005. I had just graduated from UT with a degree in Chemical Engineering and was ready to start working. After the first week at my new post college job, I freaked out and quit. Not the smartest thing to do, but I was … [Read more...] about The Pros and Cons of Selling Online
Are you a maker who’s ready to grow and scale their business? Have you set up an efficient system to make your products quickly? Have you sourced your materials at discounted prices, or in bulk, so you can sell at wholesale prices and still profit? If you answered yes to these questions, then you might be ready to approach retailers and sell your products at wholesale or consignment pricing. … [Read more...] about Selling to Retailers: Are you Prepared?