as i make my jewelry, and participate in these great local markets. i feel very proud of the handmade movement and feel strongly about supporting local unique handmade goods.so, i took the pledge. and, i’m urging you to take the pledge too. click here.this means, i will “pledge to buy handmade this holiday season, and i urge others to do the same for me.”i’ve already started as i’ve attended a few local handmade markets, and will continue to this holiday season through etsy and the upcoming beehive bazaar. it just takes a little planning. start writing your christmas list today, and keep in mind who you are shopping for when you go to these shows. trust me, you’ll find much more unique items at these shows than at a mall, and they are handmade with love… and often times a bargain! if you are shopping on etsy or other handmade sites, keep in mind the time it takes to ship and plan ahead for that so you can have all your goodies here on time.feels great knowing how and where products are produced that you are buying!good luck! and, take the pledge already!