Crafting Is Thriving...Is It the Economy or Is It Because of the Fringe Benefits?comments (2) December 26th, 2008
I was in the home stretch of gift making on Tuesday when my friend called to check in and tell me about an article she saw on the front page of The New York Times business section. The article was titled "For Craft Sales, the Recession Is a Help." I had to pause the sewing machine to check it out. Not only are sales at all kinds of craft stores up, but Etsy, the leading Web marketplace for handcrafted goodies, is experiencing record sales as well. While reading the article, I got a funny sense of relief...that it was some sort of proof that the crafting, sewing, pattern-drafting adventure that I've launched myself will stay afloat! But, staying afloat is only half of the picture...I think the economy is such a huge factor right now and while it's true that people are saving money making gifts and buying handmade, that's not the end of the story.
I think crafting is thriving because of the therapeutic benefits it brings. Don't get me wrong, I love it when I check my email and there's money in there because someone bought my pattern online, but that's not why I do it. Sewing, designing, and crafting in general is my saving grace. Whether I'm working on a pattern, sewing, or embroidering up a storm, I get into a zone. All the stress and worry that's rolling around seems to fade into the background. I know I love it, because I keep adding new adventures to my craft life...like this knitting thing. I started the mini cardi and so far all I've made is a mini mess...but I'm not giving up. I actually love the fact that I can't just magically do it. I'm confident that I will get to use the second ball of yarn some day soon!