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Our Mission

Artisans Cooperative is crafting an online handmade marketplace for an inclusive network of creatives. We are a member-owned, member-run and member-benefiting co-op. We promote creativity, support artist livelihoods, and connect people through an equitable artistic community. 

What We’re Planning

We are trying to create a co-op alternative to Etsy: a better handmade shopping experience online.

We are in the early stages of growing our cooperative community. We plan to incorporate all the people who make us who we are, as a “multi-stakeholder” cooperative: artisans, their supporters, and partners.

This unique approach ensures a fair-and-balanced community for all stakeholders. The co-op is committed to the 7 Co-operative Principles. Proceeds will be invested back into the artisan community, and in good years, artisan-members will earn patronage refunds as another source of revenue. While our marketplace will be artisan-focused, there are benefits in the works for other member types as well. 

As we grow, we aim to support artisans and each other through grassroots marketing, connecting buyers with genuinely handmade goods through an interim directory website, supportive blog posts and outreach campaigns.

Together, our cooperative community is developing a marketplace to meet our own needs. That starts with asking our community what they need, which is why we launched a Marketplace Priorities Poll in November 2022.

Read more about our plans and ideas on our blog. Here are a few recent, important posts to get started:

Get Involved to Shape the Co-op

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