For many years, Homespun Peddler, was one of Bay City, Michigan's most unique craft and gift shops. Specializing in handmade crafts, The Peddler presented a unique collection of country crafts, dolls, primitive, folkart and collectables. About 70% of the stock was sold on consignment for some of the best craft artists in Mid-Michigan.
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After some fifteen years (the first 10 as Mother Goose Country Shoppe), the store was closed on March 30, 2001. It had been a great run, but it was time to stop! The web store, on the other hand, continues to operate with a specialization in primitive craft patterns.
After a modest start in August of 1997, the Homespun Peddler web site's master library grew to contain over 900 individual pages and over 4,500 images. In recent years we've gradually removed items we no longer stock, but we've retained the look and feel and resources that everyone seemed to like.
The site features a selection of patterns from both well known and totally unknown artists. Some of our patterns are becoming very rare and we may be the only source for those treasures. We don't buy the number of patterns we once did, but we do continue to add to the collection.
This site is, of course, a web store. We sell products. But we also provide a resource and archive of information including archives of several craft newsletters, pattern catalogs, pictures, articles, and other materials.
The centerpiece of our library is the
Seedpod Newsletter Archive. The Seedpod was the voice of the "Primitive Pals", an e-mail club made up of many well known primitive artists and crafters. Originally the Seed pod was distributed by e-mail only. Later it was converted to a web document and archived on Homespun-Peddler.com. Although the Primitive Pals disbanded years ago, the Seedpod remains a very popular resource for crafters world wide.
Homespun Peddler's specialization has always been PRIMITIVE FOLKART.
We think you'll find that we have more primitive art and more primitive information than any other web site. If you already know what we're talking about then you've found your internet home. If you DON'T know, then you should visit our Primitive Information page.
The Peddler invites you, the internet citizen, into our web store. Explore and enjoy. If you have any questions, just drop us an
e-mail. We've put e-mail links on all pages and we try to answer every inquiry.
A Brief History
Homespun Peddler started life as Mother Goose Country Shop, a consignment craft shop founded in the early 1980's by a group of women in Bay City, Michigan. The little shop they started became one of the best craft stores in Mid-Michigan.
Stephen and Pattye Kent purchased Mother Goose and reopened January 1, 1997 as Homespun Peddler. Pattye had worked at Mother Goose for some seven years and insisted on keeping the traditions while adding exciting new crafts and products.
On August 20, 1999 the store moved from it's original location on the city's west side into a 125 year old building in Bay City's river front historic district. The "new" building had been a hardware and feed store, a plumbing house, a photograhic studio, a beauty parlor and a second hand clothing store. The upstairs had been a studio, apartments, and other uses. We completely restored the downstairs, removing modern walls, carpet and drop ceiling to expose an expansive store with beautiful tin ceiling, old light fixtures, and a wonderful wood floor.
The store eventually closed on March 30, 2001. It had been a great run, but it was time to stop. We thank all our friends, artists and customers for their long time support of the store.
We continue to sell our craft pattern collection on the internet and enjoy the continued correspondence with our many friends in cyberspace.
This page updated 5/2/2009.
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