The coronavirus has up-ended everyone's lives, and we small business owners are feeling that pain acutely.
Some of these resources may help (we will be updating these as we discover more):
- COVID-19 & Freelance Artist Resources
An aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines
- The Safety Net Fund
The Safety Net Fund is a non-profit designed to help support artists in the Bay Area during the COVID-19 crisis. As the world around us descends into bedlam, we turn towards each other to find hope, support, and community
- Small Business Association Disaster Assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Stay safe everyone, and wash your hands!
Art & Craft Organizations, Associations, Exhibitions & Event Resources
Art Explosion Studios
Studio rentals and art shows.
For art events
Puts together an annual South Bay craft show in November and has donated table space to SF Etsy for team promo every year.
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
28 venues providing flexible meeting rooms, theaters, and exhibit halls used by groups of five to 20,000. The venues can easily be transformed for events of every type and interest imaginable, including; wine tastings, corporate events, pop up stores, product launches, weddings, conferences, memorials and birthday parties and much more.
A local collective developing ideas for meetups & local group events, focusing on working with North Bay artists.
Mission Artists United
P.A.C. Petaluma Arts Council
A wonderful Artist community and a fantastic gallery/members network.
Recover Your Thoughts
Sends a list with shows in the Bay Area
A community arts and education organization.
San Francisco Center for the Book
Classes on bookbinding and letterpress printing.
West Coast Art Fair Calendar
Work of Heart Studio
Great place for creating and classes; Andrea has donated space for South Bay SF Etsy meet up in the past.
for arts + craft fair applications.
Bay Area Artist Collaboratives & Shops Featuring Handmade Work
andFoggy Notion, Inner Richmond
Foggy Notion is photographer & designer Alissa Anderson's shop, which houses her own work and serves to showcase other designers and artists from San Francisco and beyond who create handmade, organic, and environmentally-conscious products such as bags, wallets, jewelry, art, skincare, and home goods.
Local Take, Castro and Inner Sunset
Local Take provides opportunities for independent designers and artists to gain public recognition to jumpstart their careers, and are currently showcasing over 130 local artists.
Covet Boutiques, multiple locations
Covet features local artists in their array of accessories, apparel, and local designer gifts.
Gather SF, Hayes Valley
Thoughtfully curated local and hand-crafted goods
Destination Bakery (Destination Baking Co.), Glen Park, SF
Shows neighborhood artists, public salon downtown also shows rotating artists.
Crown Nine, jewelers & makers, Oakland
Marion & Rose’s Workshop
“The shop features a well-edited collection of objects, clothing, and uncommon home and personal accessories. We seek out high quality, well crafted items by a select group of innovative designers, artisans and crafters from all over.”
Piper and John General Goods, Oakland
A market gallery space showcasing a variety of artisanal, local goods ranging from vintage clothing, jewelry, art, paper merchandise and a variety of novelty items.
Rare Device, San Francisco
Rare Device is a boutique and art gallery dedicated to the best in independent and innovative design …a place to promote designers, artists and artisans plus help them grow by taking on new projects and collaborations.
A new gallery with 2D artists and many SFEtsy sellers there. “We fill the niche between high-end fine art galleries and artist-run open studios.”
Pretty Penny, College Ave, Oakland
A large and constantly changing collection of vintage and contemporary clothing, shoes, and accessories… local "indie" art, jewelry, and clothing. Openings, fashion shows and community based events.
Gorgeous and Green, Berkeley
Local and sustainable gift items and flower arrangements.
City Art, Valencia Street, San Francisco
Cooperative gallery, owned and operated by local artists. They like the idea of making their artwork accessible and affordable to hundreds of potential art buyers each week. In addition to selling their art, they understand the importance of belonging to a network of peers who promote and support their creativity. City Art includes artists who have never before show their work in a gallery setting and members with established art careers. We do not insist on exclusive contracts with our artists, and we show a wide range of artistic mediums and styles.
A small business incubator revitalizing neighborhoods, block by block.
Who's Your Betty, College Ave, Oakland, CA
“Our little boutique offers something for everbetty! We specialize in local handcrafed items and also support artists from around the world. Along with the SFB line and all "Betty" related items we also offer, pottery, jewlry, baby items, metal art, one-of-a-kind items and so much more.”
Gimp Photo Editing
A cool, free photo-enhancing program that works with Etsy:
Easy intuitive way to manage all your social network platforms in one space
Etsy Treasury Code Generator
For adding the HTML for your blog.
“Organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes… browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”
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Art & Craft Supplies
Blick Art Supplieswww.dickblick.com
Utrecht Art Supplies
FLAX Art Supplies
Frame USA, online store
For eco-friendly frames made in the USA.
Kelly Paper, SF, South Bay, East Bay
Kelly Paper offers the largest selection of Writing, Text, and Cover in stock or with next day delivery as well as over 1,000 digital paper products.
Clay People, Richmond
Leslie's Ceramics, Berkeley
Discount Fabrics, Berkeley & San Francisco
Fabric.com, online store
Reduced online prices for all kinds of designer fabrics. Great customer service and timely deliveries. Recommend signing up for email news for regular specials.
Fabric Outlet at 17th & Mission
Over 11,000 square feet of affordably priced fabrics, trims, notions, patterns, and more, to supply, inspire, and assist your creative vision.
Wonderful source for upcycled materials, including fabric, tile, wallpaper, and more.
Lacy's Museum of Lace, store in Berkeley
Sal Beressi Fabrics, San Francisco
9,000 sq. foot warehouse showroom (once the Hamm's Beer Brewery) features… the most comprehensive collection of home decoration fabric in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as Northern California.
Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics , Berkeley Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics specializes in fine fashion and quilting fabrics, unique one of a kind buttons and trims, independent patterns and specialized notions, and small individualized classes for seamsters of all levels.
Urban Burp, San Francisco
Rare, vintage fabrics; Arts & Crafts to Mid Century Modern & beyond fabric. Interior design services; Urban Burp will also be offering sewing, knitting, pattern making, and upholstery classes.
Rio Grande, online store
Fire Mountain Gems, online
They have decent wholesale prices and seem to have a little of everything!
“But don't buy direct - join the Etsy FMG team to get the highest quantity discount available on every order. Orders are placed about twice a month, once we as a collective reach the 200+ quantity”:
General Bead, San Francisco
Beads and Classes
Leather & Supplies
Tandy Leather, South Bay
Best price on leather, great selection and offers remnants & business discounts.
Packaging & Shipping Supplies
Clearbags, online store
Crystal Clear packaging helps promote, protect, and preserve your product.
Ah Kwok, Purse/bag-making hardware
Good price breaks on bulk quantities. Shipping is expensive for heavy orders - consider sharing a large order with your local bag-making friends.
Displays 2 Go, online store
Online store for display grids.
Upcycled & Recycled Supplies
Building Resources, SF's Bay View
Has some amazing stuff, it just requires digging and may work best for people making larger items.
Usually monthly through Transitions Palo Alto
East Bay Depot
For Creative Re-use
Wonderful source for upcycled materials.
SCRAP (Scrounger's Center for Reusable Art Parts), San Francisco
I've heard it is amazing for finding all kinds of stuff to make stuff with.
Urban Ore, Berkeley
East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, Oakland - http://www.creativereuse.org
Assembly, Fabrication, Sewing, Etc.
Ashbury Images, Tennessee Street, San Francisco
For T-shirt silk-screening, tell them I sent you (Conor Fennessy/San Francisco Terrain).
Tech Shop, Locations around the Bay Area
A membership-based workshop that provides members with access to tools and equipment, instruction, and a community of creative and supportive people so they can build the things they have always wanted to make.
Errand service where you put up tasks and people bid on them. I've had great success using them during the holidays to help wrap and package items.
Clothing & Product Labels
Thirty Seven West
A fantastic source for custom made, damask woven labels. Ask for Linda and tell them Birdbags sent you.
Gotprint, Southern CA
Inexpensive printing services in CA. Good services, but you need a designer to make your files.
Business card printing
Often offering great sale prices on printing, pick-up available in Oakland.
Your Printer, Cesar Chavez, San Francisco
Local printers, do an amazing job!
Inexpensive, good quality, large format photo printing, great for using as posters in your display or street signage for events.
Sign-a-rama, Santa Rosa, CA
Offers a professional line of services from banners, to signage, brochures, vinyl stickers, etc. Fantastic customer service, quality goods and a hometown feel.
Credit Card Readers/Merchants
Paypal card reader
Portable credit card processing device for smart phones and iPads.
Inventory & Tracking Tools
Expense and income tracking, help with tax documents.
Stitch Labs, online
Inventory, Order & Invoicing Software.
Stitch Labs + Outright (more info)
Support Services & Resources
Academy of Handmade
The signature event of the Academy of Handmade is the annual awards ceremony that will honor those who are propelling handmade business forward. This will be measured by not only artistic talent, but contributions they have made to the handmade community business community over the last year.
“Design. Lifestyle. Photography. Fashion. Events. Styling. Art Direction. Food. Interior Design. We've created a place where design and lifestyle bloggers in all their forms— foodies, photographers, travelers, fashionistas, interior designers, product placers, adventurers — come together, share ideas and connect with marketers.”
Designing an MBA
Jewelry designer Megan Auman founded her website to help designers and makers develop their business skills, offering tutorials and a series of videos.
Everything Etsy, web resource
“The Handmadeology Team is dedicated to the handmade movement and exists for the purpose of teaching artists how to successfully sell their handmade goods online, and to feature the newest handmade, vintage and supply items found on Etsy.”
Provides training, support services, resources, and networks for business owners at every stage of business development, from idea feasibility through start-up, growth, and expansion.
SCORE, Downtown Oakland
Business start up resources.
Organization that helps businesses who manufacture in SF; they hold seminars, have one on one counseling, workshops, resources for finding space and for talking about employing people.
Small Business Development Center
Loaded with some great worksheets to help re-think your business plan or reorganize your thoughts if you already have a great business plan.
Tenth Floor Productions
(SF Etsy Member’s husband) Aaron is a graphic designer/"marketing guru" and has helped me design my logo, and figure out all of my marketing designs.
Marketing & Coaching
It is our mission to give you the information, tools, and confidence to make your creative business succeed. We are teachers, coaches, and cheerleaders.
(Marketing Guru) has a great blog and a plethora of books that help you rethink "marketing".www.sethgodin.typepad.com
Other Etsy Teams
There are several Etsy Teams discussing business and more.
Start here: www.etsy.com/teams, then type business into the search field.
Etsy Artists of Color, Etsy Team
We started this group as a way for sellers to gather together for support. There's so much to learn, from the day you first set up your shop to the day you think about quitting your day job! The best thing about selling on Etsy is the support and encouragement from other sellers. Etsy Admin is here to help, too!
Facebook FANatics, Team
Help Forum for Etsy Website
Here you can talk to Admin and other members about how Etsy works. This is the place for you to ask any questions about how to use the site, including inquiries about site features and policies.
Craft Tutorials & Blogs
Free live online classes.
Online craft classes.
Claire (Australian I think) is peasant to listen to, and presents easy to follow projects for beginners.
Note: there are tons of tutorials for everything imaginable on YouTube.com
“My books and tools have helped hundreds of Etsy sellers reach their goals.”
A blog with GREAT info and resources for Etsy tips and ideas, craft ideas, etc.
Your favorite Etsy Tips
How to make a shop banner tutorial: