Last week in the CHA Blog Posting http://craftandhobby.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/march-is-national-craft-month/ we reported a little about the history of National Craft Month. Today we will continue to provide you with even more information about our favorite pastime – CRAFTING…
With more than 56% of U.S. households creating at least one craft a year, the U.S. craft and hobby industry alone is a $29 billion dollar a year industry and has more participants than golf, many other sports and pastimes. Since crafting is so ubiquitous, crafters range from the very young to the young-at-heart.
Crafting used to be perceived as an activity for “old folks,” but with the economy pressing household budgets, a new range of craft products that provide professional-grade finished projects, and the ability to connect with other craft enthusiasts online all over the planet, crafting is cool, chic, cutting-edge and a way for millions to create, save money and express their individual personal style. A wide range of celebrities from Paris Hilton, to Alyson Hannigan, Deborah Norville, Vanna White, Jane Seymour, Wendy Williams, Cher, Hugh Hefner, Marie Osmond, Martha Stewart, Taylor Swift, and even the band Cold Play are HUGE crafters.
This cool factor is exemplified on websites like Etsy.com that has gone from zero to over $100 million in online sales in just 5 years by creating a virtual marketplace for handmade, crafted items. Literally millions of crafters buy, sell and discuss crafting in this virtual craft bazaar each day. Other websites like Artfire.com have made it possible for skilled artisans to sell handcrafts to the world direct from Facebook pages, blogs, and social media microsites. With all of this excitement it’s easy to see why some have called interest in crafting “a craft renaissance.”