So this gets me thinking. I like the idea. I LOVE the things I find on Etsy and I would love to be able to buy so many of them. I have found things that could be gifts for so many people (including me!). I had already been thinking that I could get gifts just on Etsy from now on since there is so much to choose from. I always find something beautiful, interesting, or surprising. I myself could probably take the pledge. But part of the pledge is to encourage those giving YOU gifts to buy handmade. And therein lies the snag. I don't know if I feel comfortable requesting that of my loved ones, whom I shouldn't be expecting to give us gifts, who may not have the money to spend on something handmade, who may not be comfortable buying online, who may not understand WHY I would want them to do something like that when there are plenty of stores around with perfectly good stuff. I really do like the idea, but it's something I'm going to have to think about a little more.
What do you think? Is the handmade pledge something you could do? Have you already done it? Do you see yourself having issues with it? I'd like to know where you stand on this one!
The above graphic is from buyhandmade.org/badges. You can use the button on your blog or other webpage if you decide to take the pledge.