Welcome to Nearby Artisans. This is where you can let your community and those traveling through or visiting your community know that you make hand-crafted, custom items. Whether you sell textiles, signs, wreaths, florals, do alterations, or even sell designs, svgs, or paper materials, you can grow your customer base here.
There is also the daunting question of shipping. I have read so many blogs over the years where a person wanted to get a special birthday shirt for their grandchild, or someone that wants to order shirts for an entire birthday party, but shipping was often an issue. It is sad when the shipping costs are sometimes as much as the item itself. Yet, there may be someone close to you that could customize that shirt for you, which would save on shipping expenses, and the time it takes to arrive. No guessing on an arrival time, so you have to wait for the delivery.
Vendors who have a good amount of customers that they ship to, will probably keep those customers if they are happy, but they may also gain new customers who have wanted to order items online, but just dreaded the whole shipping ordeal. However, if you want to remain an anonymous customer, that can still be done. But those wanting heavier objects, such as home décor made of wood, metal, glass, and ceramics can purchase without the added costs of shipping. If an artisan near you has a location that you can’t go to, there are options such as meeting places, often near police stations, coffee shops, and mutually agreed upon locations. This site has mapping of the artisan’s location, so you can see what area you would be traveling to if the weather was bad, or if it was farther than you had thought.