.etsy.is.my.fave.

Apparently, I was the last to find this gem of a website (so my friends tell me), and wanted to make sure you didn't miss out. Here is the verbiage from their about page: "Etsy is an online marketplace for buying & selling all things handmade.

Our mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers. Our vision is to build a new economy and present a better choice:

Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade."

For a long time my family has been frequenting craft shows, driving like maniacs each summer to Ann Arbor, Michigan to shop a giant crafts show. It takes us at least two days to get through it all. I'm sure you can imagine how gleeful I was to discover this site. Mom and I have tested it - purchasing some goods for Christmas gifts, and it is a super-stellar system. All of our goods came super-fast and were exactly what they appeared to be.

My challenge to you: shop around and support buying homemade…and if you make things of any sort, start a store, so others can shop your skills. A seller's account is free, if costs 20 cents to post each item; you set the prices and shipping terms. Once it sells they get 3.5% of the sale and you ship it.

Here are my favorite shops...I hope that you find something you love and I hope you are enlightened by my find.

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