How Handheld Handmade Works

How Handheld Handmade Works

a line of folded fabric with a pair of scissors.

Handheld Handmade is an unusual new way to shop for one-of-a-kind handmade goods. Born from the frustration of endlessly trying to search for beautifully made handmade items on the internet, Handheld Handmade seeks to bring organization, delight, and surprise to the hunt for the perfect artisan gift, all via text message.

If you're anything like me, you love to find the latest and greatest in handmade finds. I've scoured the country looking for amazing makers who have dedicated their lives to creating spectacular jewelry, home goods, accessories, and paper goods, and I've brought them all together in a delightful collection.

But why text message? You may be wondering.

Text messages are read a whopping 98% of the time! That's a much better open rate than you can ever get with email. Text messaging also simplifies the check out process, and I've tried hard to make it as frictionless as possible. Read: easy.

The Nitty Gritty

When you sign up for Handheld Handmade, you'll be asked to fill out your preference profile. Here, you'll be able to set a budget, say which type of items you're looking for, and describe your style. Setting your preferences helps me send you good matches to what you're interested in seeing from Handheld.

Once your preferences are saved, just sit back and wait for your first handmade item to come to you via text message. You'll receive two offers of handmade goodness each week. Each listing describes the item along with a beautiful photograph for you to review and explore. These offers are available only for a limited time, and some will be one-of-a-kind items. So if you fall in love with something, you should get it quick! 

To purchase an item that you love, simple reply to the text message and it will walk you through activating your account for the purchase. All future purchases will take place within your text messaging app, so there's no additional forms or links to clutter up the check out process.

Here are what some of our customers are saying:

"It's fun to have little items sent that I can either explore/buy or ignore."

"It is like getting the best things from a nice craft show delivered to my phone a couple times a week."

"It's a fun way to shop."

To read on and learn more about Handheld Handmade, here’s a very thorough article by Abby Glassenberg: Handheld Handmade Brings Curated Handmade Goods Straight To Your Phone Via Text Message.

Ready to get delightful handmade finds via text message twice a week?

I can't wait to see what you buy!