This holiday season, artist made goods are going to be the big hit. They are not made by giant factories in China, but are made by independent (indie) artist and crafters. This means that the person you give them to will have a quality, one of a kind gift. It really is the best and only thing you can get for someone who has everything.

Shop Indie

It’s easy to find and buy indie goods, you just need to know where to look. One place to look is your daily or weekly (free) papers and look for handmade craft shows. Since crafting is getting popular with the younger crowd you can find a lot for hip clothes, pins, and bags at craft shows now. Another place to go is local shops and consignment stores. There is a place in Bellevue, where I live, which sells artist made goods, it’s called “Your Moms”. Every city has shops like this, you just have to look around for them.

The last place you can look is online. Since handmade goods are getting so popular you are starting to see online indie stores pop up. ShanaLogic.com is one of these stores. She hand picks her artists and makes sure they produce the highest quality products. If you think you might was to shop independent this Friday you might want to check out Shana Logics Gift Guide. If you really want to impress someone this year then buy something from this store, and be quick because things tend to sell out fast.

If you’re looking for some nifty artwork for someone on your list, check out MattGondek.com he as a few prints and originals for sale. If he is not your style you can also check out ImageKind.com. They have tons of indie artists prints; just ignore the museum art that have on the site.

This Friday instead of fighting the crowds at the big chains, go to a local mom and pop shop or shop indie online. You will to find a unique gift that someone will actually enjoy and not take back the day after Christmas.

7 Responses to Shop Independent this Friday

  1. emily says:

    If you’re local, check out the “I Made It” craft show December 8th from 2-8pm at the Homestead Owls Club, obviously in Homestead.

    I found a lot of good stuff for myself last time, but I guess this time maybe I should shop for everyone else. Ugh.

    http://www.myspace.com/imadeitpgh

  2. Mosley says:

    @Gondek, No Problem… Maybe you could buy me a beer sometime ;)

  3. Saskboy says:

    Also, for Christmas, instead of buying anything, you can give a donation in someone else’s name, and give them the tax receipt. It cuts down on stocking people’s shelves with toxic Chinese crud, and helps with the bills, and helps a good cause.

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    Thought you’d want to write about this too
    http://www.joeydevilla.com/2007/11/14/guess-what-im-craving-this-morning/

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  6. It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks ..

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