The Business of Craft.
This past weekend saw the launch of The Brooklyn Flea, a new indie market set in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Fort Greene that will take place each Sunday this spring and summer. If the inaugural weekend is any indication, this Flea's going to be a monster success. I went with a friend who was visiting from Philadelphia (a town known for its own massive flea markets), and we were overwhelmed by the crowds of enthusiastic junk and craft seekers.
What I like so much about the Flea is that it incorporates indie crafters' wares into the mix of flea market finds, antiques, and foods. Two vendors I was especially thrilled to visit were Greenjeans, whose handmade items are super and whose blog on sustainability and DIY is a source worth visiting, and Lotta Jansdotter , with her appealing screenprinted fabric creations I love. And Etsy, of course, was there as well, connecting makers with buyers.
Speaking of buyers, if YOU have been considering turning your hobby into your livelihood, the Library can help. And since April 21-25 is National Small Business Week, now might be a good time to get busy. There are books such as Start and Run a Craft Business and many others at NYPL's Science, Industry, and Business Library. But also be sure to take advantage of the information and services available through the Small Business Resource Center and SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business, a volunteer, non-profit association dedicated to providing guidance to those interested in starting a business.