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Re: A Short History Lesson on HAF
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2011, 04:16:20 AM »
Just thought that since we have so many new members around that I should bring this back to the top so everyone can see where we started!

There have definitely been some changes along the way.  The Etsy and Artfire teams have kind of faded away and the new HAFshop was relaunched after a complete overhaul less than a month ago.

With the new changes our membership has continued to grow with over 2000 members and more coming each day.  The shop numbers are climbing steadily and new products are constantly popping up.  We are working hard to promote our members of both the forum and shop and have high hopes for so many of you! 

Well, I need to head off to work now but I thought that a trip down memory lane might be fun!


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Re: A Short History Lesson on HAF
« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2011, 09:19:13 AM »
You forgot to write about how handsome I am. :(

Just kidding, it's quite a story, I wouldn't believe it if I didn't live it. Plus we have more exciting things on the way! Yeah.  ;D

That, my love  :-*, is an entirely different kind of bedtime story.  :evil:
You two are so cute! 
Kimberly  I'm so glad you bumped this up again.  I'm curious do you remember when you guys opened the forum up to all handcrafters?

The two of you do alot to support us, promote us, keep us in line, I really appreciate all you do!
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Re: A Short History Lesson on HAF
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2011, 11:11:59 AM »
I joined this forum on April 27 2009 at 7:00:55 PM so I guess that makes me a very early  member  ^-^ Though I have slowed down on my posts at times I still average over 2 posts a day ;D
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Re: A Short History Lesson on HAF
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2011, 12:10:50 PM »
You forgot to write about how handsome I am. :(

Just kidding, it's quite a story, I wouldn't believe it if I didn't live it. Plus we have more exciting things on the way! Yeah.  ;D

That, my love  :-* , is an entirely different kind of bedtime story.  :evil:
You two are so cute! 
Kimberly  I'm so glad you bumped this up again.  I'm curious do you remember when you guys opened the forum up to all handcrafters?

The two of you do alot to support us, promote us, keep us in line, I really appreciate all you do!

April of 2009 we started the forum and shortly after that moved it to its own server...and yes Dragon, that makes you a very early member!  Can you believe it has been a bit over 2 years?  Some days it seems like the forum has been around forever and some days it seems like we just started!

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Re: A Short History Lesson on HAF
« Reply #19 on: June 20, 2011, 12:01:14 PM »
Thanks for bringing this topic up, I had not read it before and I loved reading about the early beginnings of this forum.

I am thinking of opening a store online, maybe on Etsy or maybe here. Can you tell me what the advantages of the HAF store are compared to Etsy? I live in Europe, does that make any difference?

 

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Re: A Short History Lesson on HAF
« Reply #20 on: June 20, 2011, 12:10:19 PM »
Thanks for bringing this topic up, I had not read it before and I loved reading about the early beginnings of this forum.

I am thinking of opening a store online, maybe on Etsy or maybe here. Can you tell me what the advantages of the HAF store are compared to Etsy? I live in Europe, does that make any difference?

Hey Xtas!
It really doesn't matter where you live Etsy and HAFshop are based in the US but both have worldwide exposure. Really it is a matter of choice Etsy is established and the HAFshop is new so we are still building a following. Honestly a lot of people have both. One difference between Etsy and us is that we are purely handmade where Etsy allows resellers, mass produced supplies and vintage items that have not been altered. This is fine if it is there business model, but what happens is handmade takes a back seat trying to compete with massed produced items.
Well I hope this helped some the HAFshop is only $5.00 a month so give us a try, if you like it stay if not close you shop, the worst that could happen is you are out a couple of bucks.

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Re: A Short History Lesson on HAF
« Reply #21 on: June 20, 2011, 12:57:12 PM »
Aw I love having read this!   :-*

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Re: A Short History Lesson on HAF
« Reply #22 on: October 09, 2011, 01:54:24 PM »
Love the history! Kimberly and Andrew, you guys definitely have something to be proud of. I am new here and i already I love it! I am curious to how many shop members you have these days? To the team, Thank you so much!

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Re: A Short History Lesson on HAF
« Reply #23 on: October 09, 2011, 02:06:53 PM »
Thanks for the props, you can always see the number of shops here http://handmadeartistsshop.com/buy/seller/hope that helps.Andrew

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Re: A Short History Lesson on HAF
« Reply #24 on: October 24, 2011, 01:22:00 PM »
Out of curiousity, I checked on my tenure here. I joined in July of '09, so I've been around for awhile. And they haven't kicked me out! ;D

I just have to say I love everything about this place. Awesome bunch of people and I feel very much at home. Thank you :) to Kimberly and Andrew for making this the best place to be. 

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Re: A Short History Lesson on HAF
« Reply #25 on: October 30, 2011, 09:29:32 AM »
Out of curiousity, I checked on my tenure here. I joined in July of '09, so I've been around for awhile. And they haven't kicked me out! ;D

I just have to say I love everything about this place. Awesome bunch of people and I feel very much at home. Thank you :) to Kimberly and Andrew for making this the best place to be.
I agree !!!
and they haven't kicked me out either!!! and that's since May '09. I do manage to disappear once in a while - but like home I always make my way back here.
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Re: A Short History Lesson on HAF
« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2012, 02:47:05 AM »
I agree with all the lovely comments made the other crafters above!!  :)

But I would also like to add that the new direction the site has taken is pretty damn awesome!! I have only been a memeber for a short period of time, but since i have been a memeber of HAF it has really grown with this latest major upgrade.

and saving the best until last....personally i would like to say that of all the handmade crafting communities i am signed up with, this is the most friendly, positive, helpful and above all the most "ACTIVE" of them all. Where the people really try and help each other. I don't know if it's because Americans by nature (as i believe most of you live in the US) are so positive, keen and helpful or that you are just a great group of people. I suspect its both  :-* But i think it really makes HAF the pinnacle of crafting communities!

I am glad to be involved!  8)

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Re: A Short History Lesson on HAF
« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2012, 04:37:18 AM »
I agree with all the lovely comments made the other crafters above!!  :)

But I would also like to add that the new direction the site has taken is pretty damn awesome!! I have only been a memeber for a short period of time, but since i have been a memeber of HAF it has really grown with this latest major upgrade.

and saving the best until last....personally i would like to say that of all the handmade crafting communities i am signed up with, this is the most friendly, positive, helpful and above all the most "ACTIVE" of them all. Where the people really try and help each other. I don't know if it's because Americans by nature (as i believe most of you live in the US) are so positive, keen and helpful or that you are just a great group of people. I suspect its both  :-* But i think it really makes HAF the pinnacle of crafting communities!

I am glad to be involved!  8)


First, I don't know if American's are helpful by nature judging by so much negativity I am running into in real life lately.  And second, thank you!  We had a goal in mind when we started of a safe place to share your work and hang out with creative people and we seem to have attracted the best of the bunch!

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Re: A Short History Lesson on HAF
« Reply #28 on: March 28, 2012, 05:55:00 AM »
I'm going to make this short and sweet as is my usual practice because I really can't say it any better than the many others previously.

So, Thank you!!!!!

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Re: A Short History Lesson on HAF
« Reply #29 on: May 05, 2012, 04:45:17 PM »
I agree with all the lovely comments made the other crafters above!!  :)

But I would also like to add that the new direction the site has taken is pretty damn awesome!! I have only been a memeber for a short period of time, but since i have been a memeber of HAF it has really grown with this latest major upgrade.

and saving the best until last....personally i would like to say that of all the handmade crafting communities i am signed up with, this is the most friendly, positive, helpful and above all the most "ACTIVE" of them all. Where the people really try and help each other. I don't know if it's because Americans by nature (as i believe most of you live in the US) are so positive, keen and helpful or that you are just a great group of people. I suspect its both  :-* But i think it really makes HAF the pinnacle of crafting communities!

I am glad to be involved!  8)
LooneyLizard - love the name!  I think a large part of it is Andrew & Kimberly set the tone for HAF -  And they are very helpful people!
Kris 
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