Crafting in the Current Economycomments (16) October 8th, 2008
A few weeks ago when the market collapsed, I got freaked out, I'm not gonna lie. I started wondering about my ability to earn a living as a crafty writer. After all, I am not exactly necessary to keep the world turning. CraftStylish's crafty and stylish editor Michaela had a decisive response: "Are you kidding me? If anything, people will crave crafting and nesting even more. They will absolutely need it."
I wasn't quite convinced, but I was somewhat comforted.
Then I was interviewed by a reporter for the Associated Press about crafting in this economy. She started the interview by asking me how I saved money through my various hobbies. Um, well, off the top of my head, I don't really think I'm saving money when I drop $50 for a gorgeous hand-dyed yarn for a shawl or $50 for a torch to fuse silver or hundreds of clams at Michael's on those occasions when I lose my mind.
But as we talked, I did realize that by choosing to craft and create, I am turning away from those $400 boots I would happen upon if I was instead indulging my shopping problem at Nordies. It feeds my soul in a way those boots and lots of stuff that will invariably end up at a consigment shop never can. So as I was watching the debate last night with Michaela and knitting an apron for my next Prairie Girl's book, I remembered that AP interview, which fortuitously went out on the wire last night. Check it out and see what you think.
And we want to know those thoughts. How do you feel about crafting in the current economy? How do you save money (if at all) through your hobby? How are you hunkering down in this economic climate? Do you have any thrifty ideas that you'd like to share about your craft? I, for one, am all ears.