Big Cartel Blog

Rails Girls course in Salt Lake City

On March 21st, Rails Girls is coming to SLC by way of Big Cartel with help from some of our favorite friends, Freshly Picked, and CityHome Collective. Getting more women into programming is a big deal to us - and with this free course, we take a big step to make that happen. So ladies, no matter your skill level, you can come to this fun course and leave with your own bonafide web app that YOU built - from the ground up - with your own beautiful brain.

The course is totally free, you just need a laptop and, well, you! Space is limited so apply now to be considered for Rails Girls SLC.

For full information and to apply, visit

UPDATE: SFS contest

We’ve decided to extend our contest deadline until Monday, Feb 3rd at 11:59 PM MST. We’ve received a bunch of amazing submissions we’d LOVE to share with you, but our buds at Vimeo (poor guys) have been having some issues. We want everyone to have the opportunity to participate in this contest and hope this extension gives you a little more time to polish those videos.

For those of you who haven’t even started, our example video was shot and edited in a day, so there’s still plenty of time. Get out there, scream your name from a rooftop, strap your product to a rocket and launch it into outer space, just make sure you have a friend with a camera rolling.

Enter the contest now »

3 days left in the SFS contest

We’re getting more videos of all styles from all different types of stores. Hopefully this little profile of Phyllis Harris Designs gets you motivated to get your own video entered for the chance to win a cool $2,000 for your store. Only 3 days left, get to it!

Enter here »

Finnish artist Kustaa Saksi's latest work, Hypnopompic, has left us completely mesmerized. Read and see more »

Contest videos rolling in

Our Store From Scratch contest deadline is fast approaching, and video entries are starting to roll in - like the above gem from Longlive the Swarm. Let this be the kick in the pants you need to get moving on your own behind-the-scenes video. I mean, come on, you could win $2,000 and a store for life. Enter here »

For those of you still nervous about making your video, we’ve put together some tips so you can dive right in with confidence. Remember that you don’t have to have a big budget or be a pro - we just want you to get your hands dirty and make something cool to help promote your store. Get video tips »

Welcome Chris Brozek

We’re shifting and shaking up our Support Fort a bit, but it’s taking nice shape with the latest addition to our Big Cartel team, Chris Brozek. Chris has a long history of being the most patient soul in the world, so he can tenderly handle just about any issue you send his way.

His story is a familiar one ‘round these parts. Chris is married to our own Anna, and the two of them owned a record shop in SLC that once employed our office manager, Vanessa. So you could say his addition to the BC team is a reunion of sorts, and we’re happy to now be the home of this indie-loving trifecta. Be sure to contact Chris if you need any help and welcome him to the team while you’re at it.

Shop roundup

Is one of your new year’s resolutions to become more crafty? Well then, Assemble Shop & Studio has just what you need. They offer a variety of crafting kits and publications, stamps, stationary to help you cultivate your crafting skills. Our current fave: Hardcover Bookbinding in Golden Honeycomb Lokta »

Denmark based, Paper Collective, works with artists from around the world to create beautiful prints and promote great causes and charities. Our current fave: Al Niqab Al Hamra by Emilie Imán »

The Found Co shop’s jewelry steals the scene, as all pieces have been “crafted as wearable art to showcase the unique and individual style of their inherently organic nature.” Our current fave: Rose & Smoke Quartz Crystal Necklace »

Have a case of the winter blues? Fear not, Rothirsch, has just the sled to cure those winter blues and make you feel like a child again. Our current fave: Hörnerschlitten »

Maker’s Workshop focuses on offering handcrafted goods created by independent makers and the timelessness and soul behind these products. Our current fave: Geo Wall Vase »

Big Cartel art class with CUAC

Our last art class with CUAC was such an adorable success that we’re doing it again. If you’re in Utah and the parent of a lil’ one, mark your calendar for January 28 at 4pm. We’ll be at the Salt Lake City Main Library teaching, playing, and laughing with kids (ages 3-12) while learning about icons and symbols. Join us »

2013 recap

We took a little extra time to crunch the numbers, and turns out 2013 was a pretty great year for Big Cartel shops. Keeping it short, sweet, and sexy - our year end recap shows off how incredibly badass all 450,000+ of our stores really are. We love you all!

View our 2013 recap »

Checkout 1.1 iPhone update

Selling in person requires some finesse - and the right tools. With Big Cartel Checkout you are automatically hooked up with your online store to sell in person, take cash or credit card payments, all in sync with your inventory and stats. So today we are pretty stoked for our update to add some more tools to your in-person sales.

Discounts - We wanted to it as simple as possible to offer discounts. Now you can add a discount to any order in seconds and see it update the total in real time. Perfect for when you’re having a sale or when an old friend comes by to make a purchase.

Tax - When you’re selling in person at a market or retail shop or event - municipalities almost always require you charge sales tax. So we’ve made tax a setting in the options panel of Checkout (the gear icon) to help you collect exactly what you need. Set the tax percentage once and it will be added to all subsequent orders. You can always head back to the options panel and change it to reflect any new rates.

Credit Card Identification - Now when you start typing in a customer’s credit card number, Big Cartel Checkout auto-detects what kind of card it is. We even show you an icon of the card to make sure things are working properly.

In addition to these three features we’ve packed in a slew of stability and speed enhancements to help you stay ahead of the curve. As always, if you have any feedback please drop us a note in the app. (Settings > Email a question)