May begins today, and with it the challenge from Jess of Epheriell Designs, to only buy handmade (where possible) for the whole month. It's all about making a concious decision to support micro businesses and pay your money directly to the person creating the item you're buying. I love this idea, more so since being challenged by Jo over at A Mum's Musings to think about who is making the stuff we buy and how they are being treated in the process of making it. So, I have pledged to be involved and give it go... you can too, just head over to Epheriell Designs and commit to being involved!
Here's what Jess has to say about the idea:
What if – for a whole month – you only bought handmade? That’s my challenge to you for the whole of May 2010 – to buy only handmade goods.
Now – obviously this doesn’t include things like medication… with some things in life you don’t have the choice to buy handmade.
But for things like…
- Clothing, shoes and accessories
- Handbags, purses
- Home decor
- Food if you can find it! (think your local farmer’s market)
- Journals, notepaper, calendars
- Crockery, pottery
- and much more….
… there are a wealth of options out there – both online and at your local markets!
Just think – for a whole month you’ll be making the conscious choice to support a micro-business – to pay your hard-earned money straight to the person who put care and love into the item you’re purchasing – rather than to an anonymous corporation.
I look forward to sharing how I go!!