Today is the day where many shops are closing their shop for the day in protest of etsy's decision to allow a seller who claimed to have a handmade shop that could not have been handmade in any one but etsy's definition to stay open.
I will not mention names, or put a link here, miss perfectly manicured pretty hands carpenter has had more than enough exposure.
I understand why these people are closing shop for the day, the silent protest, hoping that their approximately 0.5% of shops closing for the day will put a large enough blip on etsy's radar to tell them something.
But Etsy knows what we want, and closing our shops for the day isn't going to hurt anyone but ourselves. I know I cannot afford to lose out on even one tiny sale, literally every penny counts!
Some of the shops closing today have been bashing those of us who have decided to stay open, it's sad.
Many of us have devised a way to show support of handmade in our own ways (after all, isn't this why we are in business for ourselves, so no one can tell us what to do?). These other alternatives are positive.
*There's the Stop, Then Shop movement, which will refrain from buying today (May 10, 2012), and buy everything they wanted to buy tomorrow.
*Some of us cannot afford to buy anything, those of us in that boat are doing a whole lot of promotion for people we know to be handmade sellers. This is done on pinterest, twitter, facebook, in treasuries, on blogs, and wherever else a person may promote
*Some of us are going to go ahead and take the plunge on some items we've had sitting in our carts and were on the fence about.
There are so many ways you can support handmade any day, not just this week.
Buy and promote handmade by the seller in anyway you can. On etsy, on any other site, even on the sellers own websites. If they have one.
Q: How do you know it's handmade by the seller?
A: Sometimes it's hard to tell. I usually do a search for that item. if it's a reseller item, or "charm on a chain" (which in my opinion is not handmade unless you made the charm or the chain), you'll usually see several other sellers selling the same piece. Many people add a few beads or dangles to the necklace, this is OK, as it shows a little bit of creativity. On higher priced stuff, it's not always so easy to tell, though usually a Google search can bring up the original maker
Both Karen and myself are 100% handmade (although I do have a supply shop where I sell some knitting needles and yarns that I didn't make)