When a shop stocks MCreativeJ, I not only do a happy dance, but I also want to tell them how magical they are. Magical for supporting local, magical for buying handmade, and magical for giving me a platform to share my work.
Usually around this time of year, I'm prepping like crazy for holiday shows. Don't get me wrong, I'm still making tons of things and have some exciting new products to share with you in the coming weeks and months, but it's not the same as if I were vending at an in-person fair or market. And it feels kind of weird.
Holiday shows are something I look forward to all year, not only because they're where I can connect with amazing makers, see friends, and make connections with local shops, but because (real talk) they're where I make a good amount of my yearly revenue.
So what are makers like me doing?
I recently joined JOIN Design, a community of designers, makers, and artists that believes in creating objects with stories, getting hands dirty, and taking pride in the products produced. JOIN supports small businesses and includes 60+ independent designers and studios from across the United States. They're truly an amazing group.
This September we're putting on a Virtual Trade Show to connect wit