Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Make it (and sell it) yourself…

Looking to make and/or sell your own designs? Here are a few resources you might want to know about.

Etsy.com, “your place to buy and sell all things handmade,” has been in the news quite a bit lately. It’s an online marketplace, where artisans can set up their own shop, post an item for 20 cents, and pay a 3.5% commission when it sells. Just about everything you can think to make (and some things you’d never think of) are for sale here, and you can search in some creative ways (like by color.)

Ponoko, “is the world’s first platform for anyone to share, buy and sell product plans to make individualized goods.” Ponoko works in several ways. Designers can create and upload product designs, choose materials, and Ponoko will manufacture and deliver the final product. Or you can design it, and then display it in the Ponoko showroom, and someone else can buy it from you.

Ready to take the plunge to buy only handmade gifts? Check out the Buy Handmade Pledge. You can sign up and say, “I pledge to buy handmade this holiday season, and request that others do the same for me.” I know it’s a little early to be thinking of holiday gifts, but for those of us who don’t want to be knitting every spare moment in Decemeber, now’s the time to start planning : )

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