Friday, March 19, 2010

Websites we ♥ :: Handmade Cooperative

Tell us a little bit about your website?
Our Handmade Cooperative blog is all about promoting strictly Australian handmade items for kids to as many people as possible. We have two blog posts per week: i) a themed shopping guide where we showcase 10 items, and ii) either a Clever Crafter interview and giveaway, or “The Sensational Six” which promotes kids items around a common theme from crafters not necessarily within the Coop.

When/why did you open your website?
Our blog is almost one month old and already we have close to 400 fans on Facebook and almost 100 followers to our blog. We started our blog because we were disappointed in the outrageous advertising rates large corporate style guides were charging work at home mums and other small businesses – we certainly could not afford these rates and knew that a lot of other people were in the same boat. The blog was born because we wanted to provide crafters with a cooperative environment where people could contribute to blog posts and could have their logos and links permanently on the website and be “Members”. In return we ask that they promote the blog posts to all of their own business’s customers, fans and followers. We believe “word of mouth” and a “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” approach are powerful tools.

What is the favourite part about running your website?
Getting a sneak peek at all of the fantastic kids items created by our clever crafters before they get uploaded to the shopping guides, and conversing with such a great team of people. We also love meeting lots of lovely crafters and building a strong and supportive network of like minded people.

Why do you love handmade so much?
We love the passion behind what people make. You will find that most handmade products are made by women (wives and mums) who use crafting as their personal release. They do it for themselves because it makes them happy and it gives them a sense of satisfaction and personal worth. The best thing though is that customers can share in this passion by purchasing and enjoying the wonderful items created.

Name 5 reasons why your visitors keep coming back to your website?
Team-work, word-of-mouth, quality products, supportive environment, promotional opportunities

Visit for your daily dose of Australian Handmade Kids wear and goodies!


  1. Want to know who's kids items have been promoted in this post? Madeit sellers (and proud Handmade Cooperative members): Tractor shorts by ZeeBee Creations (; Personalised shoe artwork by Little Fish Creations (; Hair bow by Lulu Froufrou (; Crocheted crocs by C Percy Designs (; and Denim bag by Chicken Ink. Creative (

  2. Great article. Good to see another site committed to handmade!
    and nice to know now about the handmade co-operative blog - I've just had a quick peek and can't wait to look some more.


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