The Business Of Hobbies

The Business Of Hobbies

What happens when a burgeoning DIY movement meets a shrinking number of brick-and-mortar suppliers and a flourishing online marketplace.

Hands-on hobbyists face a bit of a paradox in the midst of a do-it-yourself boom: where to get supplies. Many local mom-and-pop craft and hobby shops have shuttered. And while online retailers make it easy to buy and sell raw materials and finished products, they don't allow for a tactile, hands-on assessment of the goods before purchase. We consider what happens when a burgeoning DIY movement meets a shrinking number of brick-and-mortar suppliers and a flourishing online marketplace.

Guests

Kat Aaron

journalist; Alicia Patterson Fellow; Project Editor, Investigative Reporting Workshop, American University School of Communication

Joel Greenzaid

President and CEO, G Street Fabrics

Gareth Branwyn

Editorial Director, MAKE

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