The Business Of Hobbies
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.