Have you ever found an artist's work at an event that you just had to have, but afterward realized you couldn't find that artist? Anywhere?
The concept of Sablewood Village came about one afternoon in 2003 with the realization that we knew lots of talented artisans who sold their work only at local renaissance faires, and who worked only on a cash basis, and they all were strapped for money in some fashion. Their difficulties in marketing their exquisite crafts might be attributed to a lack of marketing knowledge, or lack of a website, or ability to accept credit card payments-- in short, those little things critical to running a business that have nothing to do with the creative energy required for the craft. Someday we may actually write a thesis on the economics of starving artists.
Sablewood Village was established as a stable platform in which artisans can enjoy the benefits of Internet marketing and the convenience of credit card payment processing while remaining independent to focus on what they do best. In addition to providing a web presence with targeted marketing for these private crafters, we also promote their work at live events they might not normally appear at, giving them even greater exposure to buyers. Think of the old neighborhood co-op, but all grown up in the Internet Age.
If you think about it, looking out for your shareholders' best interests is a sound business practice; we happen to think the same principle applies to everyone else, too. We are dedicated to the idea that, in helping each other succeed, we help ourselves succeed.
Here are just a few of Sablewood Village's offerings:
Original music from independent artists
Handmade costume pieces
T-shirts with original art prints
Advertising for small business owners
If you find an item you like, but want a larger quantity than is offered on the website, please send an email to Karen 'at' sablewood-village.com describing what you are interested in. Depending on the item and the artisan who produces it, we may be able to offer a discount based on a minimum order.
We hope that you will find shopping through this site to be a pleasant experience that reflects a larger sense of community. If you would like to contact us or any of the artisans, you may do so by sending an email to Karen 'at' sablewood-village.com.
Thank you for your time and patronage.
Sablewood Village, L.L.C.
3616 Glenview Dr.
Corinth, TX 76210
Illustration: "The Milkmaid" by Jan Vermeer