From here forward, I have a suggestion. Rather than ordering another crate of miscellaneous, anonymous, ubiquitous items to be shipped from Amazon.com's largest warehouse, consider these other, more sustainable choices:
- Buying from a local artist or craftsperson
- Shopping at a small business, and getting to know the owner — you'll know exactly where your money is going.
- Making gifts yourself — the most beloved and unique gifts are DIY from the heart; whether it's a painting, a knit scarf, or baked goods, a gift made with love with the recipient in mind is most welcome.
|badge courtesy of buyhandmade.org|
If buying online is the best option for you, these websites support artists who hand-make their goods (list compiled by re-nest):
Online Handmade Marketplaces
There is no shortage of handmade items, nor marketplaces. Here are some top choices from around the globe:
- Artfire: Not just for paintings and original art pieces, this marketplace is now open to all sorts of handmade goods.
- Best of Handmade - This site searches multiple handmade sites at once.
- DaWanda: This is Europe's version of Etsy.
- Etsy: This is easily the largest global online community of handmade goods.
- Folksy: This is the UK's online shop for handmade items.
- iCraft: This is Canada's own Etsy-esque online community.
- MadeitMyself: This site is similar to Etsy as an online community of handmade buyers and sellers.
- Shop Handmade: This
has a slight eco twist to the traditional craft store listings with
carbon mitigation and rainforest conservation donations.
- Ten Thousand Villages: This is both an online store and a brick and mortar shop that features fair trade items from around the World.
- Try Handmade: This site highlights and shares handmade finds and shops.