Handmade movement grows in South Florida

Crafters sell goods at South Florida shows

By Constance Jones - Anchor

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Many have dubbed it the "handmade movement," a marriage between do-it-yourself crafts and punk culture. 

South Florida crafters and artisans are cashing in on their skills by selling what they make by hand. Once a month, promoters with the Indie Craft Bazaar host a craft show in Broward County. Last month, the event was held at Revolution Live, a concert venue in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Instead of needlepoint samplers, there are ceramic skulls, hand-stitched iPad covers and binders made out of duct tape. 

Miami jewelry maker Jennifer Robinson was in the mortgage business. But after the 2008 real estate crash, she had to find money elsewhere.   

"It's one-of-kind pieces that are made just for you," Robinson said. "The stuff you find here, you are not going to find anywhere else."  

Robinson has been so successful with her jewelry sales, she is able to support her family by selling her handcrafted necklaces. 

For some crafters, it's not just about the money.  Alison Kapner spends her days at the Broward County Courthouse working as a lawyer. But at night, she's making jellies and sewing brightly colored bags. 

"There are not too many lawyers in South Florida who sell jams on the side," Kapner said. 

Whether it be for fun or cash, it is definitely a growing trend, one followed by Etsy, an online marketplace that caters to crafters.  According to its recent numbers, there are more than 2.6 million people who are selling their handmade goodies online. Many of those sellers are right here in South Florida, enriching the community one stitch at a time

There are dozens of indie craft shows, happening every month here in South Florida. For more details on the fairs happening around town-- check out Constance's Crafting blog on Local10.com.

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