Every Saturday morning Sacramento's Midtown Bazaar features local artisans pouring their art out...come out and gather up some ideas for unique holiday gifts. You can find out more by reading the following article - a link for the bazaar is at the end.
A friend of mine offered up some very good thoughts on being an independent consumer...
Everyone reading, I introduce to you: Kirk Parker, The Screen Master:
We live in a time where government "for the people, by the people" has become more of a business than a democracy and even a philanthropic effort will suffer if it's not properly "branded."
It's a natural call and response for artisans to insert themselves into this Brave New World with "product placement" that stems from their own inventive quality. Where "old world" methods of crafting are carried into this world by artist who had a D.I.Y mentality and realize that the idea of ''we'll just make and buy more" is extremely shortsighted.
The shopping spree you envision can start in your closet or garage and many throw away items can be reinterpreted and re-purposed in the most intriguing ways.
Susan Wasingers' book "Eco Craft" is a good place to start. More information can be found at the website www.larkbooks.com
There is an unseen price for " low price goods ". The purchasing of these goods are not necessarily the bargain that you think you're getting.
Rather than purchase someone designer product of someone else, create your own. If that involves the branding of clothing, check out, www.thescreenmaster.com
The major point is the value in thinking and shopping along more artistic and independent lines.
Imagine a place where items are sold without catchy slogans are product placement. There are alternatives and independent markets. Check out www.midtownbazaar.com