Handmade Pledge

I know my family thinks I'm kind of crazy but it is really important to me to support other crafters and artists by buying handmade. Last Christmas I managed to give about 75% handmade. There are a few people in my life that are hard to please but I still gave them something small handmade and then gave them a gift card or something from their list.

In today's world it is so much easier to just buy the latest toy or gadget for our loved ones, or even worse a gift card for them to buy themselves something. I think it is so much more personal to give something created with someone hands. Trust me, it is not always easy to find something handmade for some people, particularly men. Etsy does not have the largest selection of men's gifts to choose from. My father is a farmer and a very manly man. Last year I found a painting of a cowboy on horseback that was just perfect. I think he really appreciated it much more than when I used to just give him a shirt or a book.

This year I'm starting my shopping early. I've been participating in different trade discussions on Etsy. I love the idea of trading. You find something you like in someones shop and they hopefully find something they like in yours. No money is exchanged and all is good in the world. Sometimes it doesn't work that smoothly but that is the theory. It is actually a lot of work to get good trades set up, but it is definitely worth it in the end. I have made 3 trades for gifts so far and have convo's in to about 7 other people. A lot of people are tightening their gift giving budgets this year so trading is a good alternative. If you are interested in making the Handmade Pledge it is really easy. Just follow the link and sign the petition!


P and J Crafts said...

I never thought about trading, that's a great idea! Thanks!


Rose Works Jewelry said...

Good for you :) I'm going as handmade as I can this Christmas - but I'm not to sure I can pull it off - especially for my brother in law!

Kerstin said...

good post :) I would be curioue to read about how you orchestrate a trade with another seller on etsy - maybe one day soon? Thanks :)

MySweetThree said...

I love the idea of trading and a lot of people make it work for them..My shop is not very trade-able, unfortunately. But, I wanted to comment on buying handmade for Christmas, I also intend to do this via Etsy this year. I wish I had known about Etsy last year, when I bought lots of gifts at craft fairs, although, I love going to those as well!


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