|Posted on November 9, 2012 at 7:35 AM|
It's that time of year again when people are thinking about Christmas shopping, present lists, late night shopping trips into town, struggling around the shops in the cold, fighting with other shoppers for the bargains - elbows at the ready everyone! - getting home tired and stressed.
But there is another way - why not support your local small business owner without even leaving the comfort of your own home? Sound too good to be true? Well read on...
CRAFTfest is a virtual craft fair. Hosted by crafting magazine Creative Crafting on their online forum pages; small home-based crafters from all around the world can sign up to pitch their virtual stall on the site. The fair runs for one week, usually from Saturday to Saturday, although this year we are starting a day early on November 23 to incorporate the American "Black Friday" sales - if you've never heard of Black Friday, google it; you'll be amazed how massive it is!
Each stallholder creates a photo album displaying their items and each item contains a URL linking the buyer to the location of the product: whether the seller has an ETSY, Wow Thank You, NOTHS shop or even their own webstore.
This is your opportunity to source some really cool, unique gifts for your friends and loved ones whilst at the same time supporting your local and worldwide crafting community.