30 Days of Handmade Christmas:  Days 4 – 6

With the holiday and the rush of getting ready for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday,  I have fallen behind in my posting for the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas but I am back now, ready to catch and give you 3 more reasons why you should buy handmade gifts this year.

Day 4: Buying Handmade Supports Artists
Originally, Day 4 of the 30 Days of Handmade Christmas was set to be posted on Thanksgiving, a day when we give thanks for all the blessings in our lives, including the blessings of a roof over our heads, food on the table, and the health and well-being of our families. For many craftspeople and artists, your support is what helps us play the rent, buy the groceries, and take care of the people we love. And for that, I am truly grateful.

 Day 5: Buying Handmade Supports Small Business
Yesterday was Small Business Saturday, a day where we support the entrepreneurs who serve our community and contribute to our economy. While many folks associate this with local “Mom and Pop shops,” many of the benefits to supporting small businesses on Main Street also apply to artists and craftspeople who sell their work in craft fairs, festivals, and in online marketplaces like Etsy. Believe me, there is nothing smaller than a business, like mine, where the manufacturing, marketing, sales, shipping, and more are all done by 1 or 2 people. And the money we make from our sales goes directly back into our community in a cycle that benefits everyone.

 Day 6 – Buying Handmade Is An Investment In The Future
Supporting creative businesses and the makers of handmade items lets artists continue doing what they love and that means that the next time you go looking for something special, either for yourself or as a gift, that there will still be wonderful, creative items from you to choose from.

(Click here to see more reasons to to have a “Handmade Christmas ) and I will see you all tomorrow for Cyber Monday! Don’t forget that there’s still time to get great Cyber Monday savings in my Etsy shop, today and tomorrow. Use the coupon code: SANTA14 to save 25% on handmade jewelry inspired by your favorite books, poems, and classic literature.

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