Wednesday, November 12, 2014

handmade marketplace

this is the 2014 second edition of kari chapin's the handmade marketplace. (the first edition was published in 2010 and this new edition is a great update.) the book is an amazing resource for anyone embarking on a new craft business or wanting to beef up their current one. the book discusses everything you want to know and learn about running your own crafty business.

it talks about branding and logos, how to pick the right name, how/when/where to market via blogs, websites, social media, etc., how to set up a blog or website, taxes, the deal with wholesale and brick & mortar stores, how to get into craft fairs, and more. i really like that the book isn't all about "just make stuff and create an etsy shop." it is really insightful and laid out beautifully.

the book is in a wonderfully easy-to-follow format and is chock full of useful information. even if you think you have it all together, it's nice to get some feedback to make sure you're on point and doing what you can to craft a great business! i know that next up for dang argyle after the holiday craft fair rush is to ditch our out-of-date website and create a new logo! both are much needed and will really add some freshness to our 9 year old business!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

dang holiday shows

you'll find dang argyle at detroit urban craft fair and DIYpsi this december! i am super excited to be among such other wonderful artists. be sure to have these shows on your crafty shoppin' spree tour!
poster designed by the talented kristen drozdowski of worthwhile paper and warpaint studio. 

 poster designed by the hilarious and awesome jason driscoll of kill taupe.

for a list of other shows in michigan and ohio, check out this little list i compiled! 
lots of shows! lots of amazing artists! 

time to make all the things...

Sunday, November 02, 2014

holiday shows in the mitten and beyond!

november and december means it's time to shop local and shop handmade for those holiday gifts! 

here's a list of the many indie craft fairs happening in southeastern michigan, and a few ohio shows, too, that feature many michigan vendors!

check out the list and slap some of these shows on your calendar if you're looking for one-of-a-kind awesome handmade gifts to give your favorite people. not only do i LOVE selling at local shows, but shopping at them as well. i am always overwhelmed at the wonderful things that such a fabulous and creative community makes with such passion. and don't forget... sometimes you gotta treat yo self!

Craft Circus
November 8
Ypsilanti, MI

Book Lovers' Craft Fair
November 8
Grand Blanc, MI 

Craftin’ Outlaws
November 15
Columbus, OH

Ridge Fine Art & Handmade Wares Show
November 22
Ferndale, MI

Maker’s Mart
November 22
Toledo, OH

Detroit Indie Bazaar
November 22
Detroit, MI

Rust Belt Market
November 28-30 is the big shopping weekend (and they're open for long weekends until christmas eve)
Ferndale, MI

Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market
November 29
Flint, MI

Crafty Supermarket
November 29
Cincinnati, OH

November 29-30
Detroit, MI

Detroit Urban Craft Fair
December 6-7
Detroit, MI

Tiny Expo 
December 13
Ann Arbor, MI

December 13-14
Ypsilanti, MI