Get your handmade on: Craftin’ Outlaws this weekend
October 14, 2010 § Leave a comment
They call it the handmade revolution, a groundswell of consumers demanding unique, creative and authentically-sourced goods. While its origins are many, a good place to track the movement is advent of the online marketplace, Etsy. The website started in 2005 as a social commerce space online for handmade wares. Like auction site eBay, vendors could set up a “shop” online to house their goods, and customers could browse these shops online, narrow their search by item or location, and pay online. The site quickly took off, and craftsmen were able to market their goods to an ever-expanding audience.
Here in central Ohio, the handmade revolution took root in the form of Craftin’ Outlaws, also established in 2005. Handmade maven Liz Rosino was no stranger to alternative craft fairs throughout the country, selling goods for her shops Lucky Kat and Blue Diamond Stamps. Wanting to bring a craft bazaar to Columbus, the indie art capital of the world, she made the first Craftin’ Outlaws a reality. Five years have passed, and Craftin’ Outlaws has rightly earned reputation as a rockin’ good time and the place to find the weirdest, loveliest homemade gifts. The 2010 events will take place this Saturday, October 16th at the Gateway Film Center from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and admission is free.
Drop in, enjoy a brew, do some early holiday shopping and support your local microbusinesses.