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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

She Blathers On.....

I am a Wal-Mart shopper.  I am not ashamed to admit that Wal-Mart has
afforded me many hours of shopping pleasure....and good prices.
Many were against Wally building his World in our town
and I was just stubborn enough to go the opposite way and say
"come on in the water's fine", and have been happily picking things up there
ever since.
But today I want to preach about a different kind of shopping.
I encourage you to spend some of your hard-earned Christmas dollars buying
hand made items.....preferably from those who make them.
Does your child, friend or family member really need another toy or doo-dad
made in China?  Probably not.   I know, I SHOP WALMART, WHO AM I TO PREACH?
But, more and more, I am trying to support local people who work with their hands, and that
means not only those who live close to me, but also those who live away from me
but make beautiful things by hand....everything from clothes to bowls, jewelry to pottery to toys.

Writers, Potters, Carvers, Sewers, Knitters, Crafters of all kinds, think about offering them your support.
Check out Etsy if you have not already and prepare to sit a few minutes, or hours or days
and see what people do.  Or go to a local craft sale or gallery and check out the local talent.
Or buy a book and learn a new craft yourself to share.  Maybe a piece of jewelry or stationary or pottery 
But, don't be fooled.....I'll see you at Wal-Mart soon enough...I'll be the one wearing a
hand-knit scarf.

1 comment:

  1. yes! i love hearing you say this! I'm trying to handmake a little something for everyone on my christmas list this year. I'm mostly sticking with crochet and book binding. Perhaps with a little baking thrown in for good measure. Hand made gifts are from the heart!

    ReplyDelete happy to hear from you.........