Sunday, March 11, 2012

Internet Rising Stars with Craft Appeal

Craftsy is a really cool new website that just keeps growing and growing and getting better. It is a site dedicated to offering online craft classes taught by experts. You pay one time for the class and have access to it forever. You can learn at your own pace and watch the episodes as many times as you like. I have taken the Quilting Quickly  course and Stupendous Stitching. In addition to the courses they offer a space for indie designers to offer their patterns and tutorials for sale to the community. I also quite like the almost daily "inbox temptation" of the Craftsy Deals. With the deals you can pick up some great quality yarn and quilting fabrics at a discount. I purchased some of Bijou Basin's Limited Edition Gobi (70% yak down, 30% camel) yarn and Cascade's Epiphany (60% royal alpaca, 20% cashmere, 20% silk). Competition for the deals is fierce however and they tend to sell out quickly!

Tophatter may not look like much but watch out Ebay as it looks like this could be the new online shopping obsession. Tophatter is a new start-up company with its head office in Palo Alto California. Its backed by Silicon Valley investors and I believe its a rising star in the online selling community.  Basically items are auctioned off in real time by independent sellers. Sellers set their starting prices and shipping charges, Tophatter takes a 10% commission fee. I have had lots of success selling on Tophatter myself under the name LadeeBee. It is such a refreshing change from Etsy. I have been running to the post office multiple times a week to ship off all the orders! On the other side of the coin, the shopping! Though I find it difficult to find items that appeal there are some hidden gems on the site. You have the opportunity to pick up some great work from artisans at a fraction of the price, depending on how the bidding goes.I bought these gorgeous silver earrings for less than half the retail!

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