Crafting Is Thriving...Is It the Economy or Is It Because of the Fringe Benefits?

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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I know it doesnt look like therapy...but it must be, because even though I havent made much progress I love it!

I know it doesn't look like therapy...but it must be, because even though I haven't made much progress I love it!

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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 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!



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HEARTOFMYHOME writes: This is great news to me...a shot in the arm!

I am concerned about the country's economy and the best thing to do is keep creating and spread the word about Etsy and other personal websites. (Would love to have my own someday)

I love homemade gifts to make and to give. Gifts from the heart and for the first time in my life, the opportunity to sell my items all over the country.

I love it!

Posted: 7:00 pm on January 1st
ShiningStar writes: I think it's a lot of different factors happening at one time. The economy is part of it. I remember local bead shop owner said she does better business when the economy is bad. That was before all this happened. But crafting was on the rise a few years before the current ecomony melt down. Then everything has cycle. Crafting declined in the late 70's and 80's and came back in the late 90's and 00's. I agree that crafting is a type of therapy and people need that right now. These just a few of the factors I can think of right now.

My local Michaels has cut inventory. Ben Franklin and Hancock Fabrics have cut hours. I haven't been to Joann and the locally owned shops yet. I really can't tell how well they are doing in my area.
Posted: 12:14 am on December 30th
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