‘Tis the season of love—Valentine’s Day is only 8 short days away, and when a card simply won’t do, you can turn to the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide from Wickedly Chic. Right now there’s a yummy candle giveaway to sweeten the pot. I’ve written about the amazing Wickedly Chic before, and editor Liz N. and staff are just about the best shoppers in the whole world. They’ve taken that same zeal to the VD Gift Guide. Check it out.
Holiday Handmade: NYC’s Union Square Market December 9, 2008
When it comes to utterly charming, handmade eco-shopping, there’s nothing (anywhere!) like the outdoor Holiday Market at Union Square in NYC. I swear it’s worth flying in for this wonderland; the values are amazing. I just made a quick run-through tonight for some Secret Santa gifts, and I got the prettiest recycled fiber handbags and handmade paper notebooks, all from $5-$15 each. And I only had 1/2 hour. Think of the damage I could do in a couple. I’ve made a commitment to buy all handmade gifts this Christmas and to buy local. It’s my small act of shopping kindness. You only have until Christmas Eve to do shopping good. Learn more here.
A new shopping mall for indie booty November 17, 2008
A new marketplace has opened on the net and it promises to be an exciting one. 1000 Markets opened its doors a few days ago and already independent artisans for filling it up with one-of-a-kind shops.
1000 Markets has some aspects of Etsy in that it is restricted to handcrafted items (though Etsy also carries vintage items which 1000 Markets does not), Facebook in that customers can write on the seller’s Wall and leave comments as to particular products and sellers can create and join groups and communities and WordPress in that sellers can maintain a personal blog in their shop so customers can learn about them.
This new website also is in the process of creating markets, where groups of artisans’ shops will be located according to theme, like food or arts, or region or just a group of friends have gathered together to sell their products. The site promises many developments in the very near future, but already it’s off to a great start.
So as you’re doing your holiday shopping in the coming weeks, stroll through the shops at 1000 Markets to find unique gifts for your special persons and chat with the merchants there.