Workshop in Frankenmuth: Selling Handmade Goods Online

We premiered a new workshop in Frankenmuth today — a workshop on how to support patrons in turning their interests into online craft businesses. This was a lot of fun to put together and to run today!

{Decorative} Skeins of embroidery floss

We gave everyone embroidery floss and some Make charms so we could keep our hands busy while we talked. Here’s a work in progress …

Hands making a floss and charm object

We went exploring on Etsy to do some market research; then Alyssa showed us how to help patrons take better photos of their creations.

Instructor pointing at display screen

Armed with new strategies, we went throughout the library and garden to photograph our new creations:

Smartphone with photo on it
We swooned over Spoonflower and other online stores and swapped ideas we had for how to use it in libraries:

Photo of the book The Spoonflower Handbook

And explored several Etsy- and craft business-related titles.

Books about Etsy on a table

etsy book

If you missed this event, check out our remaining events throughout the state this summer. We’ll be repeating this workshop!

You can also view our slides and resources here.

And check out Pixabay.com, Wikimedia Commons, or SnappyGoat.com, which Ben recommended for stock images for creating your store brand!

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