2013 Buyers Market – American Made ShowCarolyn Edlund; Executive Director of the Arts Business Institute who frequently speaks to groups and individuals about building creative careers as well as marketing and selling their work, to attend the 2013 Buyers Market of America which turned out to be one of the most amazing handmade shows I have ever seen. Isle upon isle of handmade crafts from the United States and Canada showcased in all their glory for potential wholesale customers to order.
If you are unable to attend a show such as this one, there is a variety of places online for you to check out which can give you a better idea of how to market your own work. The Buyers Market website includes a wealth of information under the Exhibitors tab and The Artsy Shark includes everything from featured artist interviews to articles on making your work stand out in a crowd. If you are serious about making your handmade art your business, the most important thing you can do is arm yourself with information and make a plan by listening to those in the business that understand your passion.