Buy Handmade! We’re all for that. A few Christmases ago, this was two houses ago so I guess it was 2003, we kept a list of all our gifts and where they came from. We were shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, to find that more than half were “Made in China”. I don’t think we made a pledge or anything, and it’s not a conscious effort really, but we try to give handmade for the holidays. It helps that we make handmade books, so we attend a bunch of craft shows and holiday sales during the season, so have lots of stuff to buy (and trade!) from our fellow artists.
www.buyhandmade.org is a site you can go to meet like-minded gift buyers, crafts people and artists who have made a pledge to buy handmade goods for the holidays and beyond. Here’s what they have to say:
Buying handmade is better for people.
The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. We are encouraged to be consumers, not producers, of our own culture. Our ties to the local and human sources of our goods have been lost. Buying handmade helps us reconnect.
Yes, yes, yes! No “Product Recalls”, no lead paint, no “Melamine”, no harm and it’s all good. We’re taking the pledge and I’m adding the “Buy Handmade” button to our blog. Visit their website for more information.