Get the down low for your handmade holiday!

I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.orgHave you taken the Handmade Pledge for this holiday season, yet?

As of right now, 4367 people have signed the pledge to buy handmade this season at Buyhandmade.org. What do you have to do? Just sign the petition: “I pledge to buy handmade this holiday season, and request that others do the same for me.”

If you need some help finding great handmade holiday gifts, sign up for DIY Alert’s holiday newsletter, the Handmade Holiday Alert! Artists featured are Portland-based, but most of them accept online orders!

Handmade Holiday Alert Makes Buying Handmade Easy

PORTLAND, OREGON In an effort to help Portlanders support local micro-businesses, DIY Alert has launched a limited-run email newsletter called the Handmade Holiday Alert.
“Portland has such a talented community of makers,” says DIY Alert ‘s founder, Diane Gilleland, “and many of them earn part of their living from their handmade work. We wanted to provide these artists and crafters with better exposure to holiday shoppers.”
The Handmade Holiday Alert will be sent to over 700 subscribers each Friday through December 21. Each issue introduces five local makers, and tells stories about their work. Subscriptions are free, and available at http://www.diyalert.com/user/register.
“This is a very personal approach,” says Gilleland. “We’re trying to help shoppers understand that they’re buying from real people — fellow Portlanders. We want everyone to see the positive impact they can have by shopping locally for holiday gifts — not to mention, see the amazing variety of stuff out there.”
The Handmade Holiday Alert also encourages shoppers to buy handmade gifts rather than mass-produced ones this season.
“Handmade things are so much more personal and special,” says Gilleland. “Why give another factory-made gadget, one of millions in existence, when you can give a one-of-a-kind scarf or handbag — something with a story behind it?”
DIY Alert is an online hub for Portland artists and crafters, offering a managed calendar of creative events around the city. The website regularly profiles local artists and crafters, and offers reviews of local creative spots. DIY Alert is perhaps best known for its Crafty Google Map of Portland. (http://www.diyalert.com/Crafty_Portland_Map)