Amy Moore is the talk of the county! “Wow, have you seen what she’s created in a week’s time?” “That girl has crazy energy.” “How is she keeping up?” “Whoa, look what’s been happening in a month’s time!” “Are you following this Aiken County Crafters group page? I can’t believe the community Amy created so quickly!”
Amy has taken the goal of connecting with fellow artisans to a completely surprising level. Last month she embarked on a goal. This month, she has networked together almost 1500 artisans, plus artisan “wannabees”, and helped create an amazing “cooperation over competion” environment. Its almost like folks were craving a “community feeling”, just like Amy.
Last month, Amy started the Aiken County Crafters group page on Facebook. Within a week, the group page had over 750 followers. Almost a month later, the page now has about 1500 followers. Meet and Greets are happening. Artisans are conducting skill share live demonstrations to teach others. Artisans are networking at new vendor events they are learning about via the group page. It is more than Amy ever dreamed of. But she’s got the energy to keep building and making something of this fabulous #connectAiken style story. We asked Amy to send us her bio so we can share her background and applaud her intuition that Artisan connections would be in demand!
Ok, background on me is that I’m born and raised in Aiken. My grandfather owned a cabinet business on Whiskey Road in 1955. My dad opened the Aiken Antique Mall when I was a teenager so this town and entrepreneurship are in my blood.
I have a nine year old son, Gage. We do a lot of camping, road trips and football games together. We are “die hard” Clemson fans.
Three years ago, my 2nd husband was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was my one true love and it completely shattered my world. For a long time I did not live. I existed but did not live my life. This past year, I have finally started to live.
The inspiration to make this page came from not having close relationships with women that I so wanted and craved. I remember my maw-maw’s quilting circles and how close they were and how they stayed life long friends. One day, when I left work on 8/14/19, I was very lonely and just wished I had girlfriends to do crafts with. So I researched and saw there was no crafting page for Aiken so I decided to make one.
The idea, to start with, was for a few women to get together every so often to craft, talk & for fellowship. Within a week, it quickly grew and evolved into a page to support local vendors, crafters, artists, and people who want to learn and shop local. My very first donated giveaway item came from Fox and Lady on Laurens Street. Franny donated a few coupons and some pens and then the group page really grew. We are almost to 1500 members and celebrating our 1 month birthday on 9/11/19.”
Amy, we love what you are creating! We applaud your energy, heart, social media prowess, and entrepreneurial spirit. We think you are are a perfect example of what a grassroots #connectAiken campaign is all about. And we recognize that this isn’t about you at the end of the day. You are creating a real community! Salute!
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