See the CRAFTS INDUSTRY department for other articles about the history of the crafts industry.


Copyright © 2000-2013
by Barbara Brabec
All Rights Reserved
Barbara Brabec's World


The Demise of the
National Crafts Association

A report by Barbara Brabec

Founded in 1983 by Barbara Arena, The National Crafts Association (NCA) began to serve the online arts and crafts community in 1995, offering a variety of services to help creative people sell their wares. Because this was a prominent organization, I was happy to give publicity to NCA in some of my books.

Barbara Arena was the author of The Complete Idiotís Guide to Making Money with Your Hobby (2001), and I remember how excited she was to have finally authored a book after all her years of writing for the NCA newsletter. She and I never met personally, but we had many long business and personal telephone conversations over the years, especially when both she and I were trying to take care of business while also being a full-time caregiver for an ailing spouse.

I was very late in learning in January of 2009 that Barbara had died the summer before and her website was no longer being maintained. As near as I could tell then, the only announcement of her death appeared in the online newsletter published by, a group I did not belong to. Surprisingly, no one in my large network of crafts business friends brought her death to my attention. In speaking to one member of the organization that I tracked down at that time, I learned that NCA members didn't know of Barbaraís death either. This was a real lesson to me in how a business that is being managed by one individual with no employees just falls apart when that person is no longer able to care for it and has made no plans for what to do in the event of death.

I was never able to learn how Barbaraís death and the sudden demise of NCA may have affected individual members who were using NCAís various website and business services, but I found this to be a very sad ending for an organization that was so professionally managed by Barbara for 25 years, and one that I was happy to recommend in all of my books.

Since I have no plans to update or revise any of my home-business books, Iíve published this historical article to answer any questions readers may have about "whatever happened to the National Crafts Associaion."

Note: The domain name,, was simply left to expire. The last time I checked, it was still parked and available for sale.

[Back to the Crafts Industry department]


[Back to Top}