Thursday, January 29, 2009

New Jersey Love

Valentine's day is coming up quickly!
I decided to look through all my EtsyNJ team shops and show you some great picks for your Valentine!

If you are really on a budget, here's a lovely bracelet from madebymelissa.  Melissa is one of our leaders who spends lots of time helping the team. Be sure to look through her shop for lots of very affordable creations!

Of course we all need to buy Valentine's cards, check out this one from thepapercrown1.  Another great paper artist on out team is AJKArtistry.  She makes simply fabulous cards, but I think this is one of my favorites.

AbbieRoad has some wonderful artwork. This print is great for a guy or gal, or a loveless friend who could use a present just because they are great! Abbie is anoth of our team leaders and gives us all a lot of her love!

For more great finds from New Jersey go to etsy and use the term "etsynj team" to search!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Economic recovery

Times are tough. I've got afew ideas to help you get through and help with the recovery at the same time!
BUY HANDMADE- I've talked about this before. When you buy from an artist you keep the money here as well as support a real person. There are great places to find handmade goods like ETSY.COM  and ARTFIRE.COM.
EAT LOCALLY- Similar to above.  While the chain restaurants hire your neighbors, your money gets shipped off to the corporate HQ which is where? Eat at your corner diners and pubs.  The money will stay in your community.
SHOP CONSIGNMENT SHOPS- Similar to the above.  Your money stays in your community, often going to help a good cause.  You'll also save a bundle buying gently used goods.
PARK YOUR CAR- Walk, bike, take public transportation. Sure gas prices have dropped, but you can be certain they will rise again.  Plus, you'll be helping save the planet.
BUY YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER- Local newspapers are all under assault from economic forces.  Do you need your local news? Probably! Think of the advertising you rely upon, news on local issues, and don't forget the comics!