Published On: 11-14-2011 08:46pm
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Support handmade and save the earth! Instead of supporting the giant corporate machine of big box stores this Christmas, shop online and buy locally and green! Help employ someone right here in the USA by perusing the selection of gift ideas on Artfire and giving the gift of upcycled, recycled, repurposed handmade. Worldwide artists display their creations and wares at this diverse site with a focus on handmade, and Artfire encourages their artists to branch out and promote themselves on other sites as well. Artfire is a community driven marketplace with lots to offer this holiday. Here’s what I found poking around using the search term UPCYCLING this evening.
These clever little bracelets are made by Lady Bug Boutique out of old toothbrushes! How creative and eco, and this one is my favorite color. There are many other interesting lower priced upcycled creations at Lady Bug Boutique, and crocheted goodies as well. This upcycler hails from Vienna, VA.
This eco artist caught my eye with the contrasting variety of tastes for which you can shop. From body parts to VW Bugs to one of my favorites, a butterfly. Collage Orama combines recycled dictionary pages with interesting print over the dictionary page. They actually take old books that are going to be destroyed, and then print an image over that for framing. Currently they are offering a buy three get one free deal. I bet you could find something for anyone here. You may have a Nook, but help preserve a book! Only critiscism - get a banner!
I almost left Creations by Ingrid out of this article due to lacking a banner, but there’s such a large assortment of inexpensive but creative and one-of-a-kind pieces, that you have to take a look. From Elizabth City, NC Creations by Ingrid upcycles soda cans into jewelry and purses, soda can artwork, recycled magazine purses and clutches and more.
So whether you're looking for stocking stuffers or the perfect gift, there's lots to buy handmade on Artfire. Help employ someone right here in the USA by supporting handmade. Oh, and if you like clothes - take a look at my upcycled wares - clothing and accessories at Discordthreads.artfire.com. Happy holidays whatever you may celebrate!