As we are all seeing, our economy is experiencing some challenges. Probably not the worst we/this country has ever seen, but nonetheless, scary. I really want to encourage all of you shoppers out there (and I am one of them) to shop Indie and hand made this year. If you buy from and support the small business owner, history shows, the economy gets stronger and other areas of the market will benefit. This is so important now and for the holidays. So, put your hard-earned money to good use and buy from shops your find through places like Etsy or your local markets and craft shows. You not only get to have one on one attention from the owner and creator of these goods, but you will more than likely get the best prices for that type of item.
So, I want to invite all my readers and customers to do a few things this coming month:
(1) Sign up for newsletters that these hand made shops publish because they almost always offer great discounts and previews of special sales and promotions. NOTE: If you click on my newsletter link on the left you can sign up for mine and I will be sending out great, great coupon offers and fun promos in the next 2 weeks and throughout the holidays!
(2) Buy at least one handmade item (if you have never bought handmade before) for the holidays. You will become addicted to it!
(3) Attend one of the many holiday bazaars or craft fairs happening at your neighborhood church, school or fair grounds. These are a great way to find out what people in your area are creating and a wonderful way to shop for the holidays. Many of these events have vendors that offer incredible discounts as an incentive to buy from them and get their products out there. You can usually get a leg up on people who order online as you can touch, sample and smell the products first hand and have confidence in the product you buy.
(4) Check out Indie Blogs like IndieFixx, IndieCollective, IndieLove and WickedlyChic. These Blogs know about Indie and frequently have reviews of sellers and items giving you an inside scoop on the newest wares and best sellers. You will also find that many of them offer Holiday Gift Guides that help you navigate the world of Indie and Hand made. Check them out!
So, get out there and shop and don't forget to sign up for my newsletter too to get great coupons and special offers. Just click on the button to the left!