This year when you start your shopping list - try something new - Think Handmade!
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You're hoping to find something unique, something special. We don't mind shopping when we know the person we're buying for is going to love what we got them. But sometimes it's just hard. So I'm writing a series of articles to help you think outside the box. This year there is no reason to have the 'same-old-same-old' when you can have the unique, the out of the ordinary, and, maybe even save some money at the same time.
THE MALL: Oh yea! Another trip to the mall. What will I find there?
1.) Crowds 2.) Loud music 3.) Pretty much NO customer service 4.) Long lines 5.) Out of stock items 6.) Large department stores selling the same things they had last year. 7.) Closed at night when the kids are finally in bed!
ETSY - What will I find there?
1.) Unique, handcrafted, often one-of-a-kind products
2.) Fabulous customer service by the artist themselves.
3.) Possibility of personalization or customization to fit my exact needs (depending on item)
4.) Satisfaction that you are supporting an artist who is passionate about their craft, doing what they love and truly excited to have you as a customer.
5.) Something for EVERYONE - will be amazed when you take the time to browse at what you will find. Things you've never seen before and will never see anywhere else. Items for every age group and every interest.
Over the next few weeks I am hoping to post a series of articles featuring Etsy artists and craftswomen who are A.) Members of an online group I belong to called Unique Women in Business (UWIB) or B.) Sellers whom I have personallly purchased from in the past.
My goal is to provide at least some ideas for every person, every age-group on your list.
Have a really tough person to buy for? Leave a comment with age, gender, interests etc. and I'll do my best to include something for them in one of my upcoming posts. I hope you'll follow me and find out what is out there other than department store shopping!
Just to give you a taste - here is a tiny sampling of some items you might think about: