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Join us in the founding circle as we build a better handmade marketplace!

Artisans Cooperative is now accepting our first members!

We’re looking for 25-100 artisans and supporters who want to take back control from Big Tech marketplaces and join us today as early members of the co-op. Our marketplace will feature authentic artisans and products, community control, and more profits in the pockets of artisans!

All members get ownership and financial rights (profit-sharing), and Artisan members will have lower fees and priority placement in customer search on the marketplace.

There is a one-time buy-in cost, with multiple options for payment plans and non-cash options so everyone can afford to join today. Read all the details in our blog post, Membership Drive.

The first members to join in-full before July 31st will be lifetime members of our Founders Circle, with a lower sales commission and more perks.

The full cost of membership buy-ins is 1,000 “points” (or $1,000) for Artisans and 100 points ($100) for Supporters. There are no annual dues/fees; membership is a one-time investment.

Payment plans are as follows:

Payment Plan
Non-Cash Points1,000
Founder’s Circle
Founder’s Circle
Cash: 1 Year$83.34$1,000.00
Founder’s Circle
Founder’s Circle
Cash: 2 Years$41.67$500.00
Cash: 3 Years$27.78$333.34
Cash: 4 Years$20.84$250.00

What our Members Are Saying…


“Other online marketplaces have become saturated with mass-manufactured items masquerading as “handmade”, creating unfair competition. We need a platform that values the handmade artisan over shareholder profits.”

Lizzy | Supporter

“It has been harder and harder to find authentic and handmade items for years. I hate having to search through 15 pages of dropship shops before finding an actual artist. Artisans Cooperative makes it easy!”


“I love that my handmade work has a place among a community of other authentically handmade artisan products. I really appreciate that Artisans Cooperative puts its artisans first. And it’s exactly the marketplace I want to do my shopping in, too.”

Valerie | Supporter

“I want to shop on a marketplace that I can trust will treat artisans fairly.”

Atypically Artistic

“Artisans Cooperative feels like the happy place I have been looking for to offer my wide variety of creations. I want community, authenticity and a marketplace that actually cares about handmade and the amazing amount of love and work that goes into it!”

Olga | Supporter

“It’s so difficult to find unique and high-quality goods when marketplaces are filled with mass-produced goods. Artisans Cooperative makes it easy to identify handmade goods and to support artisans directly!”

Founders Circle Capital Campaign

Track Our Progress to $25,000!

Total Membership Buy Ins

Launch Date: May 23, 2023! 

To kick off, we are launching a capital campaign to raise critical early funding from our first founding members. We need to raise $25,000 by July 31, 2023 to enable us to launch our cooperative marketplace by October 2023. 

New memberships ensures our ability to launch in October by:

  1. Paying for website development
  2. Proving our community’s commitment to lenders and financial institutions
  3. Leveraging additional financing for marketing and our first staff

New members who buy-in in full by July 31, 2023, will be recognized as a Founding Member for life. Founding Members get special benefits as part of our Founding Circle including:

  • 6.5% promotional sales commission for the first 2 years (compared to 8% for members, 9.5% for non-members)
  • Opportunity to be involved in the design, testing, and beta launch of the marketplace
  • Priority access to handmade verification: be “Verified” on our launch day
  • Special marketing promotions with a search filter label and top billing for our launch, timed for the holiday shopping imperative
  • Behind-the-scenes access and a direct communications channel to the General Circle and interim Board of Directors through a dedicated Discord channel
  • Listing on a thank-you page with a backlink to your website

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