and buy handmade. whether it be from the delightful selection at openhouse or from any of the fine designers in your town or on the web. etsy is an excellent place to browse some of the best in handmade design online. (but why not save on shipping and carbon emissions and just head over to The Shops at 5807? :o)
local to Richmond is the bizarre market, coming up again in december, as well as the 43rd annual Visual Arts Center craft and design show at the Science Museum, november 16-18.
wondering why you should buy handmade?
i couldn't have said it any better than the peeps at buyhandmade.org:
Buying handmade is better for people, better for the environment, and better for giving truly special and well-crafted gifts. The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us all dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. The connection between producer and consumer has been lost. Buying handmade helps them reconnect.
pledge to buy handmade this season and ask that others do the same for you.