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February 08, 2016

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Thank you for 5 wonderful years! A goodbye letter.

Dear Makers,

Building this company has been an amazing project that has all but consumed me since it started in my apartment five years ago. I’ve seen incredible highs and a few humbling lows watching it grow and evolve. I've spent almost every waking hour thinking, making and doing everything possible to follow my dreams and build For the Makers into a brand that changed the perception of crafting. The goal was to elevate the art of making and to show our customers that if you put your mind to it, you can make something truly wonderful with your own two hands.

I hope FTM has brought you a sense of accomplishment in your projects, fun inside your home, and togetherness with your loved ones. I hope that you have learned some fun things along the way and that the Maker movement has been forever changed by the community that we grew and fostered together. Many of you have been with me all of the way from the beginning and for that I especially want to say thank you. I am deeply grateful for the support and encouragement I’ve received from everyone involved, especially our customers, friends, investors, and partners.

A growing family has led me to reconsider why and how For the Makers is implemented. I have learned a lot about business and community over the past few years. Amazing partnerships have been forged and friendships have been made. I have also seen the company grow into something that is harder for me to validate. After the move away from subscription, it has become clear to me that New York is no longer the best home to foster my visions and dreams. With that in mind, I’m excited to be moving back to my home state of North Carolina. There, I plan to finish writing my second book (due out fall 2017, more details soon), renovate a home with my family, and reconnect with everything that fostered me as a maker.

While For the Makers will not follow, I’m certain that even more exciting projects are soon to come. I never wanted to helm a company that just sells to consumers. I’d much rather be part of a family that contributes to a community. As more and more companies enter this space and try to capture what FTM created, I realize too that I’ve never been good at riding the wave of a trend. I like to make them! So for now I am going back to the drawing board and looking forward to what the next chapter in life will bring.

THANK YOU!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in this company. Thank you for spending your well-earned dollars on our projects and materials. Thank you for challenging me in ways I never knew possible. Thank you for championing and supporting For the Makers over the years. Your excitement for this brand pushed me in the good times and the bad. None of this would have been possible without you and I am forever grateful.

We will be packing up and heading south at the end of this month. For the Makers shop will be closing its doors Feb. 18th. The tutorials and blog will stay live for the foreseeable future.

We will begin our countdown with some huge sales to help slim down inventory before the move. So load up your carts tonight, because tomorrow morning you’ll get the biggest sale code, ever.

After the sale and the move south I am ready to take a much needed week-long nap! Then it is back to the lab. I am really excited to begin anew with a fresh pair of eyes. Stay connected to what is inspiring me on the daily, here. You can also sign up for my personal newsletter which focuses on, you guessed it, DIY!

 

Until we meet again,

Janet Crowther
founder + ceo
For the Makers

 

Some FAQs...

I’ve tried to answer some questions you may have below. For all other questions simply reply to this email or send a note to accounts@forthemakers.com

Q: What is going to happen to the tutorials?

A: The tutorials will still be available for you to view online or print out and save. We might eventually migrate these to a simpler archive but we will let you know when these changes are in the works.

Q: Can I still access my profile?

A: At this time, yes. Once the site migrates to a simpler platform we will probably remove this feature.

Q: What will happen to my gift card?

A: Please use any amount left on your gift card during our closing sale. If you still have a remaining balance after the shop closes we will be processing refunds to the original purchaser as quickly as possible.

Q: How can I contact you after Feb. 28th?

A: Please email accounts@forthemakers.com for any questions. I will try to respond as quickly as possible.

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rachelbeckman

about 1 year ago

Janet, Thank you so much for all you have given us with For the Makers. I have loved every moment of being a part of this community, from being an on-again-off-again subscriber, to #makertakes and the wonderful supplies you stocked. Good luck in your future ventures and I'll be happy to follow along to see what's next! I just stocked up on a bunch of supplies with the final sale; For The Makers projects have always been a way for me to warm up in the studio when I have a creative block or relax when I'm feeling anxious. See ya on Instagram and beyond! -Rachel Beckman

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ForTheMakers

about 1 year ago

Hi @rachelbeckman - Thank you! This was so very nice to read. Always impressed with your insanely talented works. Keep up the amazingness and I hope our paths will cross again soon! xo - Janet

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Lori2

about 1 year ago

Hi Please keep us informed when your new book comes out!! Totally love the first one! Thanks Loralyn Noragong lmarcar@juno.com