Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Important things...

Awhile back I had a conversation with my brother about things we collect. I really couldn't think of much and then it hit me - I collect handmade items! Over the past few years, the value of handmade products has really grown to me. You support a real person, not a machine or factory when you buy handmade. You don't have to worry about things like recalls due to lead paint. (ahem!) You help keep traditions alive that are thousands of years old. You receive a unique item. You encourage someone's creative outlet. You foster imagination. It's better for the environment. The list could go on and on.

So I'm excited to share with you the Buy Handmade challenge.
I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org


Not everything handmade is silly, 'crafty', country looking, or cheap in appearance and quality. I say this because these are the impressions *I* had of handmade items! I imagined tacky cotton and lace button on collars that might be sold in a church bazaar. (Not that there's anything wrong with church bazaars! I've participated in them myself.) How's that for stereotyping? Bad Beki, huh? Well then I learned that this is not the case at all. Etsy.com is a good place to start and I promise you'll be amazed at the talent there. But also explore your local boutiques and galleries. It just might change your perception of handmade like it did mine.

And as always I'll continue to seek out small businesses, handmade items, and mompreneurs to share with you here.

4 comments:

Ribbon Rock Star said...

Ya know, when I tell most people about searching for HANDMADE or CUSTOM items the first thing that comes to mind is "Country Crafty" (And of course nothing is wrong with that) but I am trying to show them all the AWESOME OVER THE TOP "Handmade" items out there.
I just can't seem to get my point across to some of them.

Drives me NUTTY!

Linda

nikki/WhiMSy love said...

I've been wanting to do this BUY HANDMADE thing too! I'm gonna post it on my blog. Thanks Beki!

b.inspired boutique said...

Heading off to take my pledge! You rock!

Mendy at Modern Charm said...

I used to have the same thoughts about handmade. Etsy has been an education for me about the quality and beauty and uniqueness of handmade.