Sell Handmade, Buy Handmade

Blogged under Around the Web by Tammy on Wednesday 30 July 2008 at 8:00 am

Young Punks T-ShirtI’ve always been a believer in supporting other crafters. It only makes sense. If I am selling my handmade work and making a living teaching others to craft, then I should be a buyer of handmade items as well.

Sometimes, that isn’t always easy. It’s not like there is a craft fair going on at every corner. Also, sometimes it is difficult to find the right gift for the right person, that includes non-handmade items as well.

I had a dilemma like this recently to deal with. My nephews’ birthdays are coming up next month. One will be turning 6 and the other 3. I’m not good at buying toys. In fact, I normally find out from their mom what to get and order it on Amazon because (a) I know zip about toys these days and (b) the few times I’ve attempted to buy them at a toy store or toy department, I’ve noticed most of the toys have already been played with. I don’t want to buy them used toys, especially when they are supposed to be new!

Since I’m in the Etsy pool now, I decided to attempt some shopping for them over there, and I’m happy to say I think I hit the jackpot with a shop called Young Punks. They make very cool t-shirts for kids (see the image pictured above, which is from one of the shirts I purchased). In fact, I had a hard time picking which ones to buy for them, so they may end up getting more of these from me at a later time if they are well-received. I wanted something they could both open at the big double-birthday bash, and then I’ll probably slip their mom a little mulla to get whatever else they need/want.

Luckily, due to sites like Etsy (and I know they aren’t the only ones out there on the web), it is almost like having a craft fair on every corner, and better yet, I can shop from my PC. I’m not saying that I will be able to buy all my future gifts from crafters, but I am going to make more of an effort to do that this year. If I can’t make it myself, then someone else probably can. It’s just a matter of finding them.


  1. Comment by Catherine D'Arcy — July 30, 2008 @ 8:25 am

    Hi, I love your articles on the jewelry webblog, and now here. I would very much like to send you some press releases and info about my onw site, which sell handmade silver jewellery. Can you please tell me how I can contact you?

  2. Comment by Tammy — July 30, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

    Hi Catherine, I no longer write the Jewelry Weblog for Creative Weblogging. While I do highlight jewelry and other crafters here sometimes, I cover a lot of other topics, so it’s not a big focus like it was for me when I wrote over there. However, Creative Weblogging probably has someone to replace me by now, so check there because they should have the most current blog editor’s bio/contact info available.

  3. Comment by Tammy — July 30, 2008 @ 7:11 pm

    oh and my email is tammypowley at

  4. Comment by Kenneth Fron — July 30, 2008 @ 7:32 pm

    Oh, man! I would love a Mother Earth – -“Dont Mess With Me” t-shirt! Only toddler sizes? Such a shame!!!

  5. Comment by Tammy — July 30, 2008 @ 8:38 pm

    You’re right that it really could be worn by anyone. You can also convo him about larger sizes. I almost got the “do not irritate” shirt for my almost 3 year old nephew. It kind of fits sometimes, but I can very much relate to that motto as well!

  6. Comment by Catherine D'Arcy — August 11, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

    Thanks Tammy. I am talking to the new editor at the jewelry weblog, however if you ever do decide to do a piece on handmade silver jewellery, please consider my range as an option. Every piece is handmade, and I make sure our service is as high quality and personalised as it can possibly be. The site is

  7. Comment by Young Punks — May 13, 2009 @ 2:04 am


    Some of my shirts are available in adult sizes at my other website –

    Thanks again for the kind words


    (owner YoungPunks)

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