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10 Ways to Support Your Local Artisans

Ever wondered what you could do to help your favorite local artisan beyond telling them you love their stuff? This blog post details 10 ideas to get you started!

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October 20 is National Reuse Day – Let’s Celebrate!

OK, so National Reuse Day isn’t the most festive day of the year–or even the month. Yet October 20, coming shortly before millions of Halloween costumes will be casually tossed in the garbage, is a good day to think about the things in our lives, and how, as artisans and buyers, we can give them a longer useful life.  

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The Value of Handmade: Why We Buy

We’ll say it: Handmade items are Art. And whether they’re functional items (“applied arts”) or decorative (“fine art”), art touches us more profoundly and deeply than most other things. In this post, we’ll explore why that is in interviews with artisans and supporters.

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Where to Get Custom Commissions

Our favorite place to get commissions is the Looking to Commission channel on our Discord server! If you are looking for an artisan to commission that great idea you had, head over to that little spot and you might discover the collaboration of your dreams!

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Confused about Commissions? We’re Here to Help!

Commissioning an artwork is the process of connecting a customer looking for something special with an artisan willing to make it. In this post, our artisans share their tips and stories for making a successful custom commission.

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Our Handmade Policy

[UPDATED] With a careful checks-and-balances system of accessible onboarding, consistent labeling, incentivized peer verification, and swift action on community reporting. we believe our draft Handmade Policy will stop bad actors and encourage authentic artisans.

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Handmade Survey Results

In this post, we’re sharing the results of our “Handmade Definition Survey” for our handmade cooperative marketplace.