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It's Official! The 2013 About.com Reader's Choice Award Winners

By March 28, 2013

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Well, here we are, the moment we've all been waiting for! Well, the moment we've been waiting a day longer than usual before. Sorry about the delay, I was having some trouble accessing the final tally last night, but it looks like the results have been approved and our winners are ready to be announced.

After thousands of votes pouring in over the weeks, we have or winners! So without further ado...

Winner, Best Fashion Blog: Jezebel and The Sartorialist

It's a Tie! After all that voting, you guys couldn't decide between Jezebel and The Sartorialist. Hey, I can't blame you, these are two great fashion blogs, worthy of the About.com Readers' Choice Award! Be sure head over to their sites to congratulate them on their win!

View the Voting Results for Best Fashion Blog | Finalists: Street Peeper, Cupcakes and Cashmere

Winner, Best Handmade Marketplace: Zibbet.com

In case you somehow haven't heard by now, there is an incredibly supportive and creative community at Zibbet.com. It's come as no surprise to me that Zibbet is our 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Award Winner for Best Handmade Marketplace! You, the readers have decided that this underdog has got the chops to compete with big sites like Ebay and Etsy. So there has to be a reason for this tenacious fandom, right? Check out Zibbet.com to congratulate them on their Readers Choice distinction and get a feel for what their community is like.

View the Voting Results for Best Handmade Marketplace | Finalists: Etsy.com, Artfire, Folksy

Winner, Best Craft Store: Hobby Lobby

When you get the urge to craft, even if you don't really know what you're crafting yet, a stroll through the craft store can really inspire. My wallet can attest to all of the inspiration I've gleaned from craft stores, yikes. This year, you've chosen a store that provides supplies for a very diverse set of crafts. Hobby Lobby has been chosen as the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Award recipient for Best Craft Store.

View the Voting Results for Best Craft Store | Finalists: Michael's, Hancock Fabrics, JoAnn Fabrics

Winner, Best Craft Magazine: Make:Craft

There are so many craft magazines to choose from, I wasn't sure which direction our dear readers would take this one. With a healthy chunk of the vote, Make:Craft magazine is hands-down your favorite, and our 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Award Winner for Best Craft Magazine.

View the Voting Results for Best Craft Magazine | Finalists: BUST, Threads, Martha Stewart Living

Winner, Favorite Handmade Clothing Designer: Simple Wisdom

Picking just one independent designer can be a tough one, and the voting reflected this with some close voting right out of the gate. However, Simple Wisdom pulled ahead with her incredible upcycled t-shirt styles. Congratulations to Simple Wisdom, awarded the 2013 About.com Readers' Choice Award for Favorite Handmade Clothing Designer.

View the Voting Results for Favorite Handmade Clothing Designer | Finalists: Ureshii, Sew Moe, Poor Pitiful Pearl

Winner, Favorite Handmade Jewelry Designer: Catherinette Rings

I have to thank you, the readers, for nominating such talented artists. I had the best virtual jewelry boxes to explore this winter! After exploring so many new creations, I was really eager to see who would win this one. Catherinette Rings is the 2013 Reader's Choice Award Winner for Favorite Handmade Jewelry Designer.

View the Voting Results for Favorite Handmade Jewelry Designer | Finalists: Pam Older Designs, Lisa Leonard Designs, Salvaged Jewelry

Congratulations to all of our winners, and to our readers for having such good taste!

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March 28, 2013 at 9:10 am
(1) Dancing Ranbows says:

I am one of Zibbets Artisans and thrilled to be a part of this talented and supportive group of people. It’s a fabulous site!!
Thank you to Rain Blanken for sharing your site to hold this contest.
Dancing Rainbows

March 28, 2013 at 9:16 am
(2) Barbra La Bosco says:

After over 3+ years on Zibbet,now the world can learn what I learned from day #1….Zibbet is the place to be!

March 28, 2013 at 9:19 am
(3) Barbra La Bosco says:

After over 3+ years on Zibbet, now the world will learn what I learned on the first day…Zibbet is the place to be.

March 28, 2013 at 9:24 am
(4) Dancing Ranbows says:

I am a member of the Zibbet Marketplace. Zibbet is such a wonderfully talented and supportive site…I hope everyone will come over and check it out.
Thank you Rain Blanken for sharing your site to hold this fun contest!!
Dancing Rainbows

March 28, 2013 at 7:39 pm
(5) Texas Eagle says:

Thanks for the opportunity to vote for our favs! So happy to see Zibbet.com win this contest. After many years and many venues, Zibbet has been better to me than anywhere, and the community support is phenomenal!

January 19, 2014 at 8:36 pm
(6) Sandi Holland says:

I’m proud to be a part of Zibbet and the exciting changes that are to come. To be a part of a site that is devoted to preserving the handmade tradition is so inspiring. I enjoy my relationships at the Zibbet Community and the considerations of the co-owners Jonathan and Andrew. Congrats Zibbet!

Sandi Holland
~ Artsy Craftery ~
A Variety of Handmades
& More!

January 20, 2014 at 11:44 pm
(7) BokBok Jewelry says:

I am so glad to hear that Zibbet is gaining some well-deserved recognition. Their commitment to the handmade movement (or tradition, as Sandi called it, which is probably more accurate) is refreshing to see, especially after some of my experiences at another venue.

BokBok Jewelry

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