I wish the question “What do they sell at Walmart,” was uttered by more people other than just Paris Hilton on an old reality show(the simple life) unfortunately all too often big business is killing the little guys. As a friend of mine described herself “part punk rock and part hippie.” I too possess this dichotomy. Besides quirky coffee shops and d.i.y markets like the Rustbelt Market (See here!) I also love the handcrafted movement.More recently I’ve found this little gem in Grand Rapids Michigan.They not only have artist residencies, a gallery, and loads of handcrafted goods but they’re online too! (Shop!?)
Photo Above: My Have Haul
- Good Vibes Oil by Moon Rivers Natural
- Activated Charcoal Mask by Moon Rivers Natural
- Hand knit headband by resident&artist Marlee
Women Artists Volume 2 interviews& illustrations by Naomi Elliot
As individuals we should have goods as individual as we are.Were not cookie cutter beings. Not only does shopping small enrich our landscape and support local businesses but also helps the economy here and abroad(fair trade coffee anyone?) Those quaint little neighborhoods don’t have to be a thing of the past.
Shop small and independent,