Hello, and welcome to the new blog for buyhandmade.org. Here we will be providing resources for being a better, more enlightened consumer, showcasing interesting facts and news and opportunities for supporting independent artists, and generally broadcasting all that is rad about the handmade lifestyle. We welcome your submissions and suggestions.

Email us at info@buyhandmade.org

101 Reasons to Buy Handmade

The lovely people at Poppytalk have just posted an amazing, artist-generated list of 101 reasons to buy handmade. Check it out here

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» Making the holidays: Do-it-yourselfers save money by making their own presents | Asbury Park Press


Check it out, we got some sweet press in the Asbury Park, NJ paper.

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He buys handmade for the ghosts.

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Buy Handmade Pledge from Stephanie Donon and Etsy.com. Shot by Tara Young out at the Felt Club in Los Angeles.

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» Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death


This is a truly tragic begining to the holidays. Our sympathies go out to all.

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Why buy handmade?

Buying Handmade makes for better gift-giving.

The giver of a handmade gift has avoided the parking lots and long lines of the big chain stores in favor of something more meaningful. If the giver has purchased the gift, s/he feels the satisfaction of supporting an artist or crafter directly. The recipient of the handmade gift receives something that is one-of-a-kind, and made with care and attention that can
be seen and touched. It is the result of skill and craftsmanship that is absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing.

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.

Buying handmade is better for the environment.

The accumulating environmental effects of mass production are a major cause of global warming and the poisoning of our air, water and soil. Every item you make or purchase from a small-scale independent artist or crafter strikes a small blow to the forces of mass production.

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The Handmade Movement

Wikipedia’s definition of Craftivism

Third Wave Craftivism?
DIY panel explores relationship between feminism, crafting

Craftivism: Is Crafting the New Activism?
From the Columbia Chronicle.

Whipup’s goal is to “create a community of artists, crafters and makers and share ideas in a central space.”

Hand Made Theory
Interesting blog about contemporary craft, physical making, and their relationship with culture, technology and design.

Extreme Craft

Sew Green
Multi-authored blog on crafting and the environment

The Eco-Fashion Revolution
On Alternet: You Are What You Wear

Stich Links
A global friendship network researching the therapeutic benefits of knitting and stitching.

The Etsy Labs Library
All kinds of crafting resources.

Craft Revolution
Great blog with resources for crafters as small business owners/operators

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Challenging the Big Box Stores

A network For local action against sweatshops.

The Institute For Local Self-Reliance
Provides the conceptual framework, strategies and information to aid the creation of ecologically sound and economically equitable communities.

Open Directory Project: Allegedy Unethical Firms: WalMart
See what Walmart is up to in your community.

New Rules
Dedicated to changing laws and policies affecting small-scale businesses.

Reclaim Democracy
Cataloging Resources for people interested in fighting the big-box stores.

Big Box Reuse
Ways that communities have re-purposed former Big-Box stores.

Big Box Toolkit
A project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. This site is a resource for communities looking to defeat big-boxes and support local business.

WalMart Watch
A nationwide public education campaign to challenge the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, to become a better employer, neighbor, and corporate citizen.

Sprawl Busters
An international clearinghouse on Big Box anti-sprawl information.

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On Conscientious Consumption

Consumer Consequences
An interactive game designed to illustrate the impact of our lifestyles on the Earth.

Why Consumption Matters
By David Tilford of The Sierra Club.

Conscientious Consuming
On the process of evaluating the conduct and activities of product manufacturers when purchasing consumer products.

Behind the Label
A multimedia news web site covering stories of people fighting for human and labor rights against the global clothing industry.

Corporate Critic
Indexes and rates the Corporate Social Responsibility records of over 50,000 companies.

The Sustainability Dictionary
An open dictionary focusing on how sustainability concepts are creating new understandings in business, government, and society.

The Consumerist
News blog for conscious consumers, with a sense of humor.

Coop America
A not-for-profit harnessing the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace to create a just and environmentally sustainable society.

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