Today has been kinda busy for me. I had a training class from 9 am to 12:15 pm, and work started at 12:30 (I will go home after 7 pm). I got up early enough to get gas, breakfast, and run to the bank, so by the time I get home I will have been out for more than 12 hours! This probably seems normal to some people, but I'm still so used to working on my business from home all day, and going on outtings when I feel like it. This schedule thing is still a bit new, but at least it means I am a little more financially stable!
Anyway, today's Etsy post is all about aknowledging the awesome sellers I have dealt with in the past! Some of them won't be featured today (I can't give away any birthday presents I may have purchased for local friends I have yet to give them!), but many will.
If you are a proud mama of a fur-baby (like me!) having beautiful art of your pets around may be for you! And these are amazing. I actually have a print of the image below, and it looks so much like our dog Josie, people think it was done custom!
Here is my handmade rant, and why the above sellers are so awesome in comparison to other "handmade" sellers I've dealt with...
Once upon a time, I purchased an item from a vendor who claimed their items were handmade (not on Etsy). Nothing upsets me more than telling a friend about this great handmade item from a local seller and then discovering it's really mass-produced overseas and then labelled and sold in the US as something it isn't. I wasn't totally surprised about this particular item, as it kinda struck me as something made in mass, and I purchased it because I liked it. It does irritate me that the vendor didn't tell me up front that the item is imported, opting to let people assume it's locally made (it IS handmade, but not by the individuals, the way it was implied to me). If you plan on starting a shoppe of your own, I recommend being up front about your merchandise! If it is bought and altered, state that. If you make it yourself, state that. If it is an item handmade by Indonesian children and shipped to you... well, don't let your customers find out later from a friend they recommended your product to who happens to be a research librarian.
Anyway, support handmade! And sellers... please always be sure to advertise accurately!