(Betsy is in a best selling book!!  Leave a comment after this post to enter in the GIVEAWAY of the book + an awesome discount to the betsy & iya store!  Winner will be announced on 2.27.10)

I'm a lucky guy.  I'm married to an amazing woman.  I probably don't have to tell you how amazing Betsy is, but just in case you're new here: She's built a business from nothing in 2 years.  She's got this incredible knack for following her gut to beauty, humor, truth, and the more than occasional perfect pair of earrings.  I don't think I've met anyone else who's more well liked by more people in less time.  She's magnetic. Well, my good fortune doesn't stop with Betsy; my friends are pretty excellent as well.  I met Kari Chapin in quaint Montpelier, VT during the summer of 2004.  In fact, she was my boss for a whirlwind 3 months of creemees, mint juleps, Grimm fairy tales, late nights, and early mornings of yard sale hopping.  Yeah, she was a real slave driver. [caption id="attachment_1658" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Czar Chapin lays down the law"][/caption] I introduced Betsy and Kari right before Betsy and I won $75 in nickels in the loose slots of Atlantic City.  Since then, Betsy's begun making her living in the handmade marketplace and Kari's written a book about it (not just about Betsy).  The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online is the current top seller at Powell's, and in three categories on Amazon.  Kari basically walks you through how to be Betsy (and many others like her) in 218 pages.  It feels good in the hand; it's got Kari's joy, optimism, and hard-(and fun)-work-will-pay-off ethos on every page in addition to thoughts, tips, and inside advice from heavy hitters in the handmade world (Betsy is on pgs 50-51).  I'm so proud of Kari.  This book is fantastic.  But you don't have to take my word for it... Well, Betsy wants to brighten your day and de-blight-en your bookshelf (I know, I have a way with words) by giving you your very own copy of this gem!  We'll mail the book out to one lucky commenter (haikus about Vermont summer days are encouraged.) Be sure your email address is valid so we can find you if you win.  We'll pick a winner at random on Saturday, 2.27.10, so comment away until then! Thanks for sharing your blog with me, Betsy.  xoxox

37 thoughts on GIVEAWAY: The Handmade Marketplace

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October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

kittyd:

Oh, love the look of this book! Put my name in the hat please! :)

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Jane Samuelson:

Am I too late? Cuz this book looks cool.

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Michael:

I love your work – Incredibly talented!!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Betsy and Iya:

Hi Everyone!!

Thank you so so so much for your kind words and wonderful feedback. Your words and thoughts continue to warm my heart. I wish you the best of luck and love in all of your endeavors in life. Reach as far as you possibly can reach…you’ll be amazed at what you find.

xoxoxoxo
betsy

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

maba:

I love your contribution in the book! Great book!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

michelle:

Ps i was never good at haikus but I hear vermont is lovely this time of year

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

tony:

betsy stole my identity

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

stefany:

You both are an inspiring team and I love the way this man talks up his woman! Yes! I continue to be awed by your work too, Betsy! xo

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Candy:

So the dream can come true. Very moving. I would love to win a copy of this book with an autographed from Betsy and Keri. Betsy your living the dream my dream.

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Ellie:

You beauties – what a lovely husband & amazingly talented ladies (I am sure the husband is talented as well!).
I LOVE the look of this book and I want to hold it in my hands…
Fingers crossed!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

sulu-design:

Sheesh… a giveaway sure brings commentors out of the woodwork, eh? That “eh” was a nod to your upcoming trip. Have a fabulous time north of the border and e-mail me when you get back. ’Cause we are for real going to hang out then.

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Stefani:

We would use the heck out of this book for sure!!! :)

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

havilah:

yay Betsy! I am continually inspired by this gal {and her jewelry}. she totally deserves to be featured in this book- congrats Betsy!!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

kendra:

congratulations to you all!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

michelle:

it’s stories like yours that inspired me to start my own business Great job and congrats on the mention in the book I always pass it in Borders so it would be great to win it

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Yuliya:

Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity! I will buy this book in any case for the great articles a have heard of and for the wonderful illustrations I saw, but I do not mind taking chances in your giveaway!
Good Luck and My Best Wishes!
Yuliya

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Jackie:

How exciting another fellow Oregonian following their dreams to success!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Heather:

What a great post! They sound like two very inspiring women. :) Would love to win this book!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Katy:

So cool! I can always use another book to read, especially one on how to do things better!!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Sara:

Yes, you are a lucky guy…and after reading your article, I would say that Betsy is a lucky girl! Please toss my name into the hat for a chance to win this book! Thanks so much for the opportunity… :)

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Kirstan Graham:

As a fellow Stumptown artsy type I’m inspired by your success! I just quit my day job to be home with my new baby girl and have been slowly building my own handmade business. I hope in two years I’m doing that well! It sounds like a copy of Kari’s book would get me going in the right direction.

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

kate:

I too, have been looking – nay – coveting this book for a while. :)

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Lola:

Your words are very sweet! I love the book illustration and am excited to read that you are giving away a copy. I am crossing my fingers. :)

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

liz:

i’ve had my eye on this book since i first read about it a couple weeks ago — it looks perfect!
inspiring and gorgeous, and just what i need to motive myself a little more.
i’d love to get my hands on a copy :)

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Lush Beads:

Can’t wait to give it a read!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Gwenn Ellerby:

Not that I need to read a book to be inspired by the great Betsy Cross, but I have been tempted to take a stab at getting a bit further with *idiosyncrasy by design….

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

cabin + cub:

That book looks really interesting and very inspiring! ;)

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Beth:

Love it!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Eliza:

Hooray for fabulous pioneering businesswomen! So inspired by this post and can’t wait to check out this new book – it sounds like just what I’ve been looking for.

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

maba:

CAROLINA BLUE
TARHEELS WAVING YEAH TO YOU
BETSY AND IYA!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

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October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Lauoldy:

So cute call Betsy your fortune and hearing this kind of words by a man! We young handmade artists need support! And you, Betsy, are a great woman!
Enjoy create and sell handmade as we all do!

All my respect to you guys!

Laura

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Krissy & Etsy Interviews:

This book would surely come in handy! Thanks for the chance to win.

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October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Whitney:

This is an amazing post. Thank you so much for supporting the woman in your life as she grows her business!!! It’s amazing as a business owner to be able to look at your creation and have no regrets and never look back. Rock on Betsy!!!

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

Jenn:

How sweet! I hope there are more like you out there.

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

LolaDee:

Sitting here wearing my Betsy & Iya envelope chain and feeling super inspired by this post. I have just started working on my own jewellery in the hope of setting up an online business and maybe one day becoming as successful as Betsy :) Absolutely have to get my hands on this book. Congrats on being so luffly :) LolaDee x

October 05 2016 at 09:10 PM

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