New Big Cartel merch in the shop

We’re very excited to announce a brand new line of products for the Big Cartel shop, not to mention a complete refresh of the photography and the shop itself.

As we started working on a new collection, we were inspired by the many late nights we know you spend refining your craft. Those late nights can often feel a bit dark and even rebellious, running against the current of the rest of society. We know how tiring and lonely that can be, but we also know it’s absolutely worth it.

This idea inspired every aspect of the new shop: from the products themselves, to the photoshoot and styling of the products.

This image of hundreds of thousands of independent shop owners working away sparked the idea for the United Artists Union. While it might not be an actual union, it’s an army of individuals brought together by their need to create. This collection of products is a uniform of sorts, a reminder that even when you’re working alone in your studio, you’re part of something bigger.

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Our friends and followers on Instagram have gotten a few glimpses of what we’ve been working on. Make sure and follow us for early glimpses and behind-the-scenes photos of upcoming projects.

A special thanks to designers Erik Marinovich, Curtis Jinkins, and Eight Hour Day for helping put all of this together, and to photographer Steven Stone for making it all look pretty darn cool.

Big Cartel's 500,000th shop!

We’re blown away that, less than 2 years after we reached 250,000 stores, Big Cartel is now home to over 500,000 artists, makers, designers, curators, builders, technology nerds, and independent business owners. As part of this army of hard-working individuals, you spend your time (and maybe even a little sweat and/or tears) creating unique handmade goods for the masses. Thanks for believing in Big Cartel and entrusting us to help you sell your goods. We certainly believe in you.

Meet Big Cartel’s 500,000th store: Left for Wolves is a Melbourne, Australia-based metalcore band, and has been making music since 2009. First a solo project by vocalist Regan, it took years of planning, relocating, and looking for the right musicians until, in March 2011, Left for Wolves became the 5-person band it is today.

Being in a band that’s working to pay the bills while building a name for yourself means that each member wears many hats. Regan, vocals, is the primary song writer, and takes care of booking shows. Chris, guitar, designs album artwork and a few of the t-shirts that the band sells online. Steve, drums, makes his car an impromptu tour bus when the band goes on the road.

Left for Wolves is a group of musicians that thoroughly embraces and exemplifies the DIY ethos so near and dear to our world. We’re proud to be supporting the same kind of independent bands that our founders first envisioned when they created Big Cartel. Let’s all raise our glasses to Left for Wolves’ hard-earned success and to many more artists like them finding a home at Big Cartel.

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Updated tax settings

We’ve updated our tax settings, bringing them into your admin so you can quickly and easily charge a flat sales tax by region.

PayPal users have always been able to use PayPal’s tax settings, but now those using seamless checkout can charge tax on orders with a few clicks in your admin.

Ready to give it a try? First, make sure you’re set up to use seamless checkout (confirm your Checkout options in the Settings section of your admin), then set up tax nice and easy:

  • In the Options section of your store settings, check the box labeled Tax.
  • You decide the tax rate, and whether or not it applies to shipping.
  • For US store owners, pick which state is taxed.
  • For EU store owners, apply tax only within your country, or throughout the EU.
  • For store owners who are not in the US or EU, simply add tax by country.

Tax can be a complicated little monster, so for those that are looking for more information including helpful links to tax rates in their region, give our handy tax guide a quick read.

New Field Guide: T-shirts


You have a great idea for a t-shirt design, but successful selling doesn’t stop there. Learn more about production, pricing, and whether the whole operation will fit in that corner of your living room in our latest field guide. Read through our recommendations and you’ll have old and new friends wearing your wares in no time.

Ready to get some screen printing ink under your fingernails? Take a moment and explore the t-shirt field guide now »

The Road to SXSW: Part 4

The fourth installment of our Road to SXSW series is now on our Community page. This final part of the video series features Hunter of Gold Robot Records and Jessi of Father Daughter Records. These passionate record labels, along with Inflated and Small Plates made the massive Liberation showcase possible.

Watch Road to SXSW: Part 4 now!

All four installments of the Road to SXSW video series are available on the Community page. Thanks to filmmaker Tyler Coray for documenting the journey.

Indie Fest 2014 recap

Once a year, Big Cartel brings the entire company together for Indie Fest: a time when we brainstorm and plan for what’s next. In past years, we’ve brought everyone to our Salt Lake City HQ. This year, we sought some solitude in the mountains of central Washington so we could focus on how to improve Big Cartel.

Throughout the week, we talked about the future of Big Cartel: how we want it to grow, and which new features would be the most valuable to our shop owners. We made plans, not to add the flashiest features (though we have some exciting new stuff planned as well), but to shore up existing code so that each shop continues to be secure and works seamlessly for your customers.

Stay tuned for specifics, we’ll make announcements as updates and features are completed. In the meantime, know that every person here is focused on how we can help and support the artists that use Big Cartel to do what they love. We’ve got some great things in the works that we can’t wait to share.

sketchXchange in Portland

The folks behind Portland’s WeMake recently interviewed Dan Christofferson, our very own Community Director. In addition to repping Big Cartel, Dan creates beautiful art under the name Beeteeth.

_ “I don’t want to give away all the answers but I want to have a visual that people can engage with, and maybe come up with their own ending.” _

Check out the full interview here »

If you’re in Portland, OR this weekend, grab a ticket to WeMake’s sketchXchange.

When: Friday, Sept. 5th, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Where: Tillamook Station, 665 N Tillamook Street, PDX 97227

Cost: $5 suggested donation at signup

The Road to SXSW: Part 3

Today we bring you Part 3 of our Road to SXSW series, now on our Community page. This video features an interview with Niilo and Dylan of Dim Peaks. The two talk about touring as a duo, their experience at SXSW this year, and more.

Watch Road to SXSW: Part 3 now!

If you’re just tuning in to our Road to SXSW series, Part 1 and 2 are ready and waiting for you on our Community page. Stay tuned for Part 4, coming soon!

New Field Guide: Wholesale

We’re happy to unveil our newest field guide, focusing on all things wholesale. This topic can be a little intimidating, but we’re here to help you get started on the right foot. From deciding if your product line is right for wholesale distribution to choosing your case quantity - we’ve got you covered. Not even sure what a case quantity is? We talk about that, too.

Learn more (and maybe grow your business, too) and read the new field guide now »

Craft Lake City Festival recap

Before the madness of last weekend’s Craft Lake City DIY Festival, Big Cartel hosted a little block party for all of the independent makers and artists participating in the event. This festival is near to our hearts, since it’s the biggest marketplace for artisans in our hometown, Salt Lake City.

The highlight of the night had to be the panel we hosted where we asked a few seasoned sellers to answer questions about how to plan, execute, and successfully sell at an event. Amelia from Green Stitches, Megan from Noisette, and Isaac from IHSquared shared their best tips and tricks with their fellow makers.

Thanks to Craft Lake City for capturing the evening with photos by Garrett Allen and video by Lexie Floor.