One of the fun parts about doing this podcast is that it gives me a license to ask a lot of questions, and to seek out subjects and people I’ve been curious about. This week was no exception, as I chatted with Sarah Spies, director of vendor relations for the Renegade Craft Fair. I happening upon the first Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn back in 2005, and since then it seems the indie craft movement has exploded with artists and designers utilizing Etsy and craft fairs across the country to start small businesses.
As someone who’s toyed with the idea of taking my hobby to the next level, I’m always curious about how other people make it work. (And not like Fred Armisen making jewelry on Portlandia…if you haven’t watched this sketch, you must!) In this episode, Sarah and I chat about the growth of the indie craft movement (it’s gotten so big now that the likes of Anthropologie and West Elm troll craft booths for wholesale orders), starting a crafts business, and tips for getting into Renegade (hints: a sleek website and proven sales record).
So, if you’re also curious about getting a crafts business started (or toying with the idea of selling at craft fairs), this is an episode you won’t want to miss. Renegade will be posting their lineup of application deadlines for upcoming spring and summer fairs, and I’ll post that when it’s up (probably tomorrow).
Episode #7: She’s Crafty! Inside the Renegade Craft Fair