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Beacon Artisans

Connecting local craftspeople and organizing an artisans' market.

Location: Beacon, NY
Members: 57
Latest Activity: Jul 15, 2014

Let's get crafty.

Hey everyone, if you're into making stuff with your hands (as opposed to, I guess, conceptual art) then please join up!


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Comment by Marilyn on December 3, 2009 at 4:39pm
Should we maybe start a new Discussion on this topic (Co-op/market) instead of leaving comments about this on the Wall?
Comment by barbara capalbo on December 3, 2009 at 3:38pm
Might be helpful to check out the Franchise/Concept info ? Antiques co-ops do well - some of them have been in business so long. Whether or not the people make money or how it's set up varies. I sold vintage clothing and accessories in one in Cold Spring and in Tarrytown 10+ years ago. The owner didn't require any of the dealers to spend time at the cash register or in the store but some dealers were there to bargain and answer questions every Fri-Sat - Sun. Anyhow.... the more the merrier with regard to ideas, feedback, suggestions, complaints, etc
Comment by barbara capalbo on December 3, 2009 at 3:21pm
Hey, you're welcome. Great that Shambhala offered the space for the Holiday Craft Fair, also from what I could gather that Kelly organized and set that up for everyone last year. The market is worth investigating if enough people are interested and would rent space. I love the idea of making a "go to destination" for everyone like that marketplace in Brooklyn. I don't know Beacon well enough yet to suggest a space though. Here's a place I've been to that is beautiful, small, impressive, and still in business despite the terrible economy. This is a franchise, though. For someone with the money to invest I've thought this such a good idea like for Great Barrington, MA or Saratoga Springs, NY. I don't know if this would be good for Beacon but something similar, more relaxed and easy going, maybe? I looked into this right after it opened in Mt. Kisco for someone I know who has 3 daughters who'd get involved plus herself but they never followed through (risky in a bad economy). Would something similar or this type of venue be perfect for Beacon?
Comment by margot kingon on December 3, 2009 at 8:30am
I appreciate it! Thanks, Barbara. I would also be interested in participating in a craft, art , vintage market.I love the idea.
Comment by barbara capalbo on December 3, 2009 at 8:21am
So sorry if I did anything wrong by putting that CERF info on yesterday.

Thought the list of all the professional programs and grants to help crafters and artists was comprehensive and helpful.
Comment by Sherie on December 2, 2009 at 11:23pm
then take yourself off the following of the group Rafiqua
Comment by Rafiqua Doniger on December 2, 2009 at 11:15pm
I don't want to get 10 emails within an hour when people comment.
Comment by barbara capalbo on December 2, 2009 at 3:17pm
DIscovered this today while researching grants & such: CRAFT EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND

The mission of CERF is to strengthen and sustain the careers of craft artists across the United States. CERF is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization and is the only one of its kind in the United States.

CERF accomplishes its mission through direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists, including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance. CERF also advocates, engages in research, and backs policy that supports craft artists’ careers. includes info about grants this is a comprehensive list

Emergency Relief & Recovery
CERF’s emergency relief programs provide assistance to help sustain a craft artist’s career when an emergency occurs. Emergency relief assistance includes:

CERF provides grants and no-interest loans.

Show promoters offer qualifying applicants booth fee reductions or waivers for select shows.

CERF offers qualifying applicants discounts on and/or donations of craft-related supplies and equipment.
Comment by Marilyn on December 2, 2009 at 2:36pm
Hi Barbara, I would *LOVE* to see (and participate) in some kind of regular indie market started in the area. Or maybe at least a pop-up store.
Comment by barbara capalbo on December 2, 2009 at 9:29am
Thank you! COOL!

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