Black Friday is almost HERE! However, with the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the latest Black Friday door busters opening at 12 am at some places (Thanksgiving night!) this whole consumerism and Black Friday thing has been getting some negative media attention. Is it really fair to make workers come to work at midnight the day after Thankgiving? (er, midnight is not really the day after in my book!) Well, a lot of people don't think so. I think it's a little zealous myself, but I am not begrudging the biggest shopping day of the year. The idea is fun; I got up at 4am once but all I got were some free donut holes and cheap coffee. I suppose I don't have the money to spend, on the real savings, and even if I did I wouldn't want to clobber anyone for four mega inch flat screen t.v's. So I usually end up participating in Buy Nothing Day by default. ("Buy Nothing Day," is a movement intended to stop and think about what you purchase and is recognized on, you guessed, Black Friday); but buying nothing isn't very much fun at all.
If you are looking for some great handmade options check out my gift guide on PINTEREST almost all of the items listed are from fabulous creative folks on ETSY. You can also check out Etsy's Treasuries, there are tons of gift guide treasury lists there; many with items under 30, 20 and 10 dollars!
So tell me... Are you buying handmade? If so I'd love to hear what your reasons are for buying handmade this holiday season and some of your favorites too!
If you find you need a few head over to Poppytalk and read this amazing list 101 Reasons To Buy Handmade If you are a handmade artist it's really fun to read this list as well, it gives you pause to think about all the great things that you do! And maybe you don't even realize it.