The Handcrafted Wholesale Industry is changing. Over the past several months and after many conversations with industry leaders, I see a trend developing. A renewed appreciation and value of handcrafted artwork across many sectors including buyers and consumers.
Because of this renewal, we are seeing new Wholesale Marketplaces popping up. These marketplaces are changing the way our industry is viewed, and at times, causing some confusion among buyers and artists alike.
It is my goal to clear up some of this confusion as it pertains to the IndieMe Marketplace. I cannot, nor will I, speak or assume what other marketplaces mission or focus is on.
A Brief History
IndieMe, Inc. (formerly Wholesalecrafts.com) is celebrating over 21 years connecting Made in the USA and Canada artists and buyers. Former owners and operators of the ACRE trade shows, IndieMe is owned by the company president, Nancy LeVan (formerly Vince). The company name was changed to IndieMe in 2016. Nancy started this company knowing there was a need to fill – a unique way to connect artists to buyers while providing amazing support to all members.
Values and Mission
IndieMe is a privately owned company with a focus on the needs of the industry and our members. In our company, all members have a voice, after all we’re all in this together! Our mission remains the same throughout all the ups and downs in this industry. We are more than a marketplace we are a service. Being privately owned, we are able to reinvest the money we earn from ads purchased by our hardworking artists back into the company for growth in both the development and membership areas.
At IndieMe we focus on stellar customer service for all members. You get lightning fast responses to your calls, emails and even Facebook posts. We’re even known to answer your questions late at night and even weekends. In addition, we focus on you. We have been telling makers and retailers stories for decades through our Artist and Retailer Spotlights.