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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: artisans, their supporters, and partners.

This unique approach ensures a fair-and-balanced community for both sellers and buyers. 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 will develop the marketplace to meet its own needs. We envision a marketplace more versatile, artistic, and social than a stagnant storefront. Read more about our plans and ideas on our blog. Here are a few recent, important posts:

Get Involved to Shape the Co-op

The steering committee who created this website needs your help to make this vision a reality.

Read our FAQ and blog posts, meet the organizers, take the survey, then join us!