So I did most of my Christmas gift shopping on Etsy this morning. Not just because I am an 'Etsy-ian' (is that the right term?) but because I am fully supportive of creative, small business, handmade, (and vintage--bien sur!) businesses in a world dominated by mass produced, viral marketed, big box businesses.
Even though I am in France--I decided to buy as 'locally' for friends and family in the US as possible. It was fun to take the time to look for things that really suited the recipient--it makes the giving part of the holidays feel so custom-made. Even if I wasn't a seller on Etsy--I really like the feel of it. I exchanged messages with several of the shop-owners about their wares today--I found them to be friendly, cheerful, helpful and just all around lovely. Seriously--how often can you use those adjectives in a holiday shopping experience?
A few more days and I should be done decorating and will post some pictures of our little house decked-out for the holidays--then I can move on to cooking, wrapping, planning the menus for the 'fetes' and maybe even do a tiny bit more shopping---all while waiting for 'Monsieur La Poste' to come knocking at our gate--oh, how I love to see him get out of his bright yellow truck and knock at our door! (ho-ho-ho!)
There are a few small brocantes in the next few weekends--and I may brave the gusty, wet Normandy weather to go to one or two. I have been making my wish list for the shop for 2012--so send me a note if you have something in mind!
Enjoy the holiday bliss mes amis!