Posted on December 10 2012
These days everyone is talking about the economy, and why shouldn't they? When so many Americans struggle to pay their bills and feed themselves and their families. It is a stressful time we live in. In many cases, this stress is only compacted during the holiday season. For many it is impossible to provide gifts or meals for loved ones without going into debt, if they can at all. The economy seems to be on an incline, but we still have a lot of work to ahead of us. What can I do, you ask? I know this has been said many times over, but shop local or handmade! I know that amazon, Target and Wal-Mart are convenient and cheap, but most of the products that they sell are manufactured overseas and profits only go to fatten already fat wallets. This Holiday season I urge you to support your local business and online retailers of handmade gifts. Support your friends and neighbors. Support the people who are keeping true American art and craftsmanship alive. The money that you spend will go to support other hardworking folks, just like you. I believe that this can grow our economy faster than anything. Change starts from the inside, with us.
Cubby and I are lucky enough to live in a town that is full of artists, musicians, jewelers and crafters. We even have our own Craft Fair filled with amazing things made by locals. Though, some people don't have things like this where they live. So, where can you go to get these wonderful handmade items? Not only do you have online outlets such as Etsy and Artfire, there are many other websites run by dedicated craftspeople. Take a little time to search and I think you will be pleased with what you find. Below is a little list of some locals, friends and favorites.
Sugarbeat and Co Woodworks
Mount Royal Mint
Kathryn Wronski Art
Cyberoptix Tie Lab
Sheila Cameron Art
Em and Sprout
Also, If you do have a little extra to spare this holiday season, don't forget to donate to the less fortunate. There are many worthy charities who work to keep the needy not so in need.
Spread love, kindness and generosity, it is the true spirit of the season.
-Cubby and Fox