I receive an order for these hand-printed crab towels…
(Available in the Three By Sea shop)
Which just happen to be the same price as the print I bought? Funny, huh?
Ok, so I’m not making any profit off that exchange, but I’ve got some great artwork headed my way, my towels are going off to a new, happy home, and two more orders came in this morning after that purchase. Some good karma coming back my way? Perhaps. But it reminded me of the bigger picture at hand…
A while back, Kristen Walker introduced the idea of “Creative Tithing” as part of a discussion about mindful spending on Scoutie Girl. (Her post is a MUST read!) It was this idea of making a conscious effort each month to make purchases that support folks working to make a living in an indie/art/design/craft sort of way.
As an indie biz/crafty slut/DIYer/designer/creative chick, I find myself getting so wrapped up in what I’m doing and making that I was forgetting the necessity of supporting fellow creative/indie/artist folks. Thanks to Kristen’s post, I now have made a pact to make sure I’m making my monetary efforts to suport handmade/indie businesses. Last month it was my husband’s replacement wedding band from an Etsy seller, this month it’s been Jessica’s print and some photo prints I’ve had my eye on for over a year (What was I waiting on- the set cost me $20?!)
I feel better for making this pact, because it really is important to get that artwork or handmade jewelry or handprinted towel out into the world. By supporting one another, we’re not just promoting someone’s work, but the indie/creative entrepreneur movement that we’re trying to make a living within. And if we want the movement to spread out beyond the creative community, we need to make it a part of everyday life in as many ways as possible.
Have you done your “creative tithing” yet this month? What would make you buy more indie/handmade items?