Search
You are here >    Community  >  Handmade Pledge
Pledge to Buy Handmade

Buying local, living within our means, supporting small business and the US economy – these are all things that many of us are doing more and more often these days.  With money being so tight, we are all living with less, and putting more thought into the purchases we do make.

So, this lends the question, what are we doing to improve all of our situations, build up American businesses and put our money where our mouth is (literally)?  What can each of us do to help charge up the economy and support each other?  We certainly have less than we did this time last year, so how can we look ahead to the future and still buy, well, things?

Buy handmade – it’s as simple as that.  We can’t afford to buy as much as we used to, but we can make conscious choices to support specific businesses.  We can go to the local mom and pop toy shop, rather than the big box store.  Sure, we might only get 2 items, rather than 4, but those products will generally be better made, more thoughtful items.  And, a local company will benefit from your choice, rather than a large corporation.  We can choose to frequent farmers markets and craft shows.  These events allow us to meet the maker and hear the story behind the product.  It instills the value of American craftsmanship in our families and our children.  We can choose to look to Etsy and the Handmade Toy Alliance for gift items.  Our product options and the sheer beauty of the items we find will be multiplied ten fold to what we find in large department stores.

If everyone made the pledge to buy just one hand crafted product for someone on their gift list this year, think of the thousands of businesses that will grow and nourish our communities. It may mean reframing how we go about our purchases, taking a little more time to choose what we need, or want, going back to a simpler way of life.  But, it will be so worth it.

Join the business members of the Handmade Toy Alliance and pledge to buy handmade.  It will be the easiest choice you made yet!

Sign the Pledge
NameCityStateCreated at
Ian WallaceLimerickPennsylvania3/10/2011 10:43 PM
KathyLong BeachCA3/1/2011 11:41 AM
Susan WarnerFredericksburgVirginia2/15/2011 10:05 AM
Holly White-WolfeSanta RosaCA2/13/2011 12:30 PM
Heather SaikiMidvaleUtah2/9/2011 10:13 AM
Lisa JaramilloBerkeleyCA1/30/2011 1:28 AM
Randy WakefieldMountain HomeID1/21/2011 1:59 PM
Caryn StockwellVancouverWashington1/13/2011 1:34 AM
Amy TabarlyParisFrance1/11/2011 12:13 PM
megan carmangreenwoodnebraska1/10/2011 1:31 PM
Janie McQueenCummingGeorgia1/8/2011 1:30 PM
PatrickCentennialColorado1/4/2011 8:13 AM
Susan ZimmermanIjamsvilleMD12/26/2010 6:50 PM
Margery GrotenPoughkeepsieNew York12/25/2010 10:28 AM
Kim SwiczkowskiMoodyAlabama12/21/2010 5:39 PM
Katheryn PocoPlant CityFlorida12/18/2010 8:43 PM
Jacqueline OlsonSaint PetersburgFlorida12/12/2010 9:12 PM
patricia howardst. petersburgflorida12/12/2010 9:10 PM
Olga BofSt PetersburgFL12/12/2010 4:06 PM
Katie AndersonLafayetteIndiana12/10/2010 10:49 PM
Kiley ayliffeasheville nc12/8/2010 11:05 PM
Kelly Smith JanowiecCarverMN12/8/2010 9:24 PM
Margaret BonhamBoltonVT12/8/2010 8:40 PM
Thomas Oliver KopianGlen HeadNew York12/8/2010 4:52 PM
diana HowardAdairvilleKY12/8/2010 4:28 PM
Julie HowardFuquay VarinaNorth Carolina12/5/2010 1:09 PM
The Fuentes FamilyPortlandOregon12/2/2010 5:29 PM
Chris and Ami MaesCarbondaleCO12/1/2010 9:04 PM
Deb RossLaramieWyoming11/30/2010 1:28 AM
JillPleasant RidgeOhio11/29/2010 10:53 PM
Julie ZachariasNiwotCO11/29/2010 4:24 PM
Kelsey SappPalm CoastFlorida11/28/2010 7:34 PM
Rebecca SSt. CloudMN11/28/2010 10:35 AM
Weili GrayEssexVermont11/27/2010 11:31 PM
Megan NelsonFalls ChurchVA11/27/2010 12:34 PM
Michael SecoreCraftsburyVT11/27/2010 1:02 AM
Beth McQuillenIowa CityIowa11/26/2010 7:21 PM
Willow MolineSpokaneWA11/26/2010 3:42 PM
Cecilia LeibovitzNew YorkNY11/26/2010 9:19 AM
Dona LopezConroeTexas11/25/2010 8:03 PM
AelfieSan JoseCA11/25/2010 1:26 PM
Joy M.BarringtonNH11/25/2010 12:25 AM
wagzfuiaNew YorkNY11/23/2010 11:31 PM
Jennifer ColeBowling GreenKY11/23/2010 11:04 AM
Priscilla S. AguilarMontebelloCA11/23/2010 12:15 AM
Sofia WakabayashiAliso ViejoCA11/22/2010 11:42 PM
Senna WakabayashiAliso ViejoCA11/22/2010 11:42 PM
Kamie thorntonHoustonTexas11/22/2010 1:46 PM
Michelle MorraWashingtonDC11/22/2010 12:41 PM
Kerrie McNayHeathMA11/22/2010 11:04 AM
Emily AlberiniLittletonNH11/22/2010 9:07 AM
Paula RhodesSan JoseCA11/22/2010 8:33 AM
Jane Atchison-NevelMiamiFL11/22/2010 8:12 AM
Shannon FrazeeAkronOhio11/22/2010 12:32 AM
Joan ScherrySt. LouisMissouri11/21/2010 11:39 PM
Erika RichieMissouri CityTX11/21/2010 11:11 PM
Yoshie WakabayashiAliso ViejoCalifornia11/21/2010 11:08 PM
Leslie Stevens SuhyLos AngelesCA11/21/2010 11:03 PM
amandakentohio11/21/2010 10:26 PM
Jasmin KellisonGrass ValleyCA11/21/2010 10:18 PM
Lisa Regula MeyerKentOhio11/21/2010 9:52 PM
AutumnBar HarborMe11/21/2010 9:39 PM
Suzanne LambCentral CityKY11/21/2010 9:38 PM
Christina C.ColumbusMS11/21/2010 9:32 PM
Susan BloodCharlotteVT11/21/2010 9:23 PM
Suzanne BarkerParadiseCA11/21/2010 9:21 PM
Marina AlonsoLos AngelesCalifornia11/21/2010 9:16 PM
Stephanie RutgerMilanOH11/21/2010 9:04 PM
Vanessa LopezBostonMA11/21/2010 8:57 PM
Ashley PhillipsColumbiaMo11/21/2010 8:54 PM
Marlo SmiHartlyDE11/21/2010 8:51 PM
Andrea ThatcherWest ChesterPA11/21/2010 8:51 PM
Christine SchreierKelseyvilleCA11/21/2010 8:43 PM
JennWinooskiVT11/21/2010 8:43 PM
JillianMilwaukeeWI 11/21/2010 8:42 PM
Jennifer WillamsonBerwickMaine11/21/2010 8:42 PM
Sara HernstromChestertonIndiana11/21/2010 8:38 PM
Alice PensacolaFlorida11/21/2010 8:36 PM
Natanya HelakShelburneVT11/21/2010 8:21 PM
Jennifer Williams PavichMinneapolisMN11/18/2010 2:48 PM
AnaLake CityFlorida11/17/2010 8:41 PM
Danielle StaynerCanada11/15/2010 11:08 AM
Angela WolffWest OrangeNJ11/11/2010 3:42 PM
PennyMenlo ParkCa11/10/2010 11:34 AM
Sid AcklerCastle RockWashington11/8/2010 10:46 PM
CariEagle CreekOregon11/8/2010 12:04 PM
Kathryn PerreaultAltonNH11/5/2010 2:01 PM
Yvette MoreauWarehamMa11/4/2010 11:15 AM
sarah setranHuntington wv11/3/2010 2:56 PM
diana howardadairvilleKY10/29/2010 4:33 PM
Diana PerryMuncieIndiana10/27/2010 11:22 PM
Linda HagueDenverCOLORADO10/27/2010 4:58 PM
Andrea BallardAndersonIndiana10/25/2010 2:43 AM
Julie HumphreyIthacaNY10/23/2010 4:46 PM
Mary NewellEugeneOR10/23/2010 1:08 AM
Valerie SchirmerHammontonNJ10/19/2010 12:21 PM
ShaunaBerwickPennsylvania10/19/2010 11:51 AM
Mary BudgeNorth OaksMN10/19/2010 9:21 AM
allison bozemanLyonsColorado10/18/2010 4:06 PM
Mike DavisWestfieldNC10/18/2010 2:14 PM
Joanne BagshawAmesburyMA10/18/2010 1:39 PM
Jackie MannoBrookvillePA10/18/2010 1:19 PM
chloe jenkinsnewportuk10/17/2010 6:07 PM
Nuntyia MillsTroyMI10/17/2010 4:37 PM
Danielle BoccherSandy HookCT10/16/2010 4:30 PM
Debra AmonSan AntonioTexas10/16/2010 12:47 AM
Alison Relyea-ParrStoughtonWi10/14/2010 1:15 PM
Katie W.DaytonOH10/14/2010 10:45 AM
rebecca blaguna niguelcalifornia10/14/2010 10:03 AM
marcyhillsboroughCA10/13/2010 5:07 PM
Ann A.BostonMA10/13/2010 4:13 PM
Krista S.KentvilleNS10/13/2010 11:32 AM
Dana F.PennsaukenNJ10/13/2010 9:52 AM
Lisa WCarol StreamIL10/13/2010 7:00 AM
Heather M.BrooklynNY10/12/2010 7:07 PM
Aimee SouzaLebanonOR10/11/2010 7:59 PM
Carla M.Saint AugustineFL10/11/2010 1:29 PM
Alison A.MinneapolisMN10/11/2010 10:05 AM
Lisa C.JacksonvilleFL10/11/2010 9:49 AM
Deanna AJersey CityNJ10/11/2010 9:28 AM
Sherry H.JacksonvilleFlorida10/11/2010 8:23 AM
Melissa BennettChattanoogaTN10/11/2010 6:56 AM
karina edwardsdecaturtn10/11/2010 12:05 AM
Diane DudaMonongahelaPA10/10/2010 11:12 PM
Rebecca HolzmanTorontoON10/10/2010 10:57 PM
Anna MillerDunlapTN10/10/2010 10:03 PM
Christina SchriverOrange ParkFL10/10/2010 9:57 PM
Katherine KellyChicagoIL10/10/2010 9:52 PM
Jessica EvansRocky MountNC10/10/2010 9:01 PM
Rose McCrackenSEATTLEWA10/10/2010 8:51 PM
Erika Olson GrossMinneapolisMinnesota10/10/2010 6:26 PM
Shannon E.DuluthGA10/10/2010 4:56 PM
Amy CairnsTampaFL10/10/2010 12:38 PM
Beth FlumignanOnstedMI10/10/2010 12:23 PM
Glenda ShankWichitaKS10/9/2010 10:42 PM
Paula LivingstonRenovoPA10/9/2010 9:39 PM
Lee LFort WorthTX10/9/2010 4:02 PM
Beth RitzmanFort WayneIN10/9/2010 11:15 AM
SharaPineArizona10/9/2010 1:33 AM
Sarah MColfaxCA10/9/2010 1:24 AM
Tanja MartinsonAuburnWA10/8/2010 11:12 PM
Sarah NatividadTooeleUT10/8/2010 7:14 PM
Alexandra Tower EwersMill ValleyCalifornia10/8/2010 3:10 PM
Jennifer L.Eagle PointOR10/8/2010 2:30 PM
Sarah G.Lake OswegoOR10/8/2010 1:54 PM
Lisa KalbererAustinTX10/8/2010 1:45 PM
Samantha JohnsonEdmonton Alberta, Canada10/8/2010 1:05 PM
Suzi LangConwayAR10/8/2010 12:52 PM
Rebecca BednarzLincolnNE10/8/2010 11:04 AM
Lukas MuellerGuthrieOK10/8/2010 10:45 AM
Carrie RuterCoudersportPA10/8/2010 10:07 AM
CaroleMcGranahanColorado10/8/2010 8:36 AM
Lynne WebbOrlandoFL10/8/2010 8:01 AM
Joanne Thompson Farmington N.H.10/8/2010 6:29 AM
Jessica CoatesSalt Lake CityUT10/8/2010 12:25 AM
Tori AndersenLoganUtah10/7/2010 11:39 PM
Jeen-Marie BelsonWashingtonDC10/7/2010 11:04 PM
Ann RazonskiSavageMD10/7/2010 10:25 PM
Amy MooreFort WorthTexas10/7/2010 10:21 PM
Deanna HammelPotsdamNY10/7/2010 9:05 PM
Penny ThomasCoudersportPa10/7/2010 9:02 PM
Danielle GalindoSan JoseCA10/7/2010 7:27 PM
Nicole ElliottPeabodyMA10/7/2010 6:55 PM
Jahje IvesPhiladelphiaPA10/7/2010 3:39 PM
Carol SummersLewisvilleTexas 10/7/2010 10:39 AM
Pam GorderColumbusOhio10/7/2010 9:18 AM
Brad MichaelDoylestownPA10/7/2010 9:11 AM
Jennifer ZmarzlakStamfordCT10/7/2010 9:01 AM
Danyel P.RaefordNC10/7/2010 8:53 AM
Jeremie Beth HarrisGlen RidgeNJ10/7/2010 12:38 AM
Suzanne RemingtonCarson CityNevada10/6/2010 11:06 PM
Karen AverillApplegateOR10/6/2010 11:04 PM
Andrew ChuckasStamfordCT10/6/2010 10:20 PM
Brie SloanNeptune Beach Florida10/6/2010 12:46 PM
Sarah DonagheyBedfordTX10/6/2010 12:16 PM
Tina S.KensingtonMaryland10/5/2010 9:26 PM
Trey BurleyAtlantaGeorgia10/5/2010 8:57 PM
Angela RoussellNorth AttleboroMA10/5/2010 7:48 PM
Amanda MarksSavannahGA10/5/2010 7:46 PM
Brandi HusseyDallas/Ft. WorthTexas10/5/2010 7:17 PM
Candis HidalgoArroyo GrandeCA10/5/2010 7:09 PM
Julianne Alvarez-WishColorado SpringsCO10/5/2010 6:54 PM
Crystal JunkinsBedfordNH10/5/2010 3:55 PM
Wendy O'LaughlinCaryIllinois10/5/2010 3:34 PM
ana erbtallahasseefl10/5/2010 3:12 PM
Carol L.La Crosse WI10/5/2010 2:29 PM
Korrina RobinsonFeltIdaho10/5/2010 2:28 PM
Ashley EatonPhoenixAZ10/5/2010 2:28 PM
Evelyn ReeveColumbusOH10/5/2010 1:55 PM
Kristin KottwitzLargoFL10/5/2010 1:34 PM
peter kropfsan joseca10/5/2010 12:31 PM
Deb StahlRockvilleMD10/5/2010 12:30 PM
Jenine HerrellAustinTexas10/5/2010 11:42 AM
jennifer pruetttoledooregon10/5/2010 11:25 AM
Penny TingleyHinsdaleNY10/5/2010 9:31 AM
Cathy KhouryOttawaOntario, Canada10/5/2010 8:50 AM
Brenna BurkeWest LinnOR10/4/2010 11:52 PM
David HenselProspect ParkPA10/4/2010 6:34 PM
Teresa KisielCoudersportPA10/4/2010 5:09 PM
Katrina RimelCoudersportPA10/4/2010 3:51 PM
Cynthia TaylorCoudersportPA10/4/2010 3:43 PM
Tony and Jennifer FuentesPortlandOregon10/4/2010 3:18 PM
Carrie MorleyCoudersportPA10/4/2010 3:06 PM
Kate Marsh LordNicevilleFL10/4/2010 3:06 PM
Kevin CracknellCoudersportPennsylvania10/4/2010 2:58 PM
E. SummersFort MohaveAZ10/4/2010 2:57 PM
Maureen CracknellCoudersportPennsylvania10/4/2010 2:56 PM
Marianne MullenBarreVT10/4/2010 2:41 PM
L GartnerDurangoCO10/4/2010 1:19 PM
Shannon NLas CrucesNM10/4/2010 12:53 PM
CharissaFlorenceSC10/4/2010 12:46 PM
NicoleMinneapolisMN10/4/2010 10:57 AM
Caroline M.St. PaulMN10/4/2010 10:33 AM
Marie LjosenvoorMaple LakeMN10/4/2010 10:29 AM
Kim ShipleyBostonMA10/4/2010 10:13 AM
April HannonOld ForgePA10/4/2010 9:07 AM
Mary HamelSt. PaulMN10/4/2010 8:15 AM
KatieSt. PaulMN10/4/2010 1:25 AM
BurgeWallickGA10/3/2010 9:08 PM
Abbey FaticaColumbusOhio10/3/2010 8:33 PM
Jill BatesNashua NH10/3/2010 11:04 AM
Jenelle LittleSavannahGA10/3/2010 10:57 AM
Scot C Morgan Fort Worth Texas10/3/2010 10:30 AM
Lisa MartinOrlandoFl10/2/2010 11:31 PM
kristin loffer theissMount VernonWA10/2/2010 10:15 PM
Heather MentzerDenverColorado10/2/2010 10:13 PM
Sieglinde PetersonMinneapolisMN10/2/2010 9:47 PM
Willow BausWest LinnOregon10/2/2010 8:43 PM
Beccijo NeffYorkPa10/2/2010 7:21 PM
Roger L LundbladChapel HillNC10/2/2010 5:39 PM
Jaclyn BakerClevelandTX10/2/2010 4:38 PM
Ashley LostetterSt. PaulMinnesota10/2/2010 3:17 PM
Connie KrebsLakewoodOH10/2/2010 3:07 PM
Erika JurneyPalo AltoCA10/2/2010 12:19 PM
Rusti SidelLansingMI10/2/2010 12:04 PM
Heather SlaterPuyallupWA10/2/2010 12:03 PM
Liz GumbinnerBrooklynNY10/2/2010 11:42 AM
Pat MarguliesThousand OaksCA10/2/2010 10:59 AM
Alexis WrightTemeculaCA10/2/2010 9:55 AM
Bill WilkinsonRochesterNY10/2/2010 9:53 AM
Melissa FloydSt. Louis ParkMinnesota10/2/2010 9:52 AM
Terri ThompsonOwatonnaMN10/2/2010 9:12 AM
Traci PorczynskiQuakertownPa10/2/2010 9:11 AM
Tracy CornellSpringTX10/2/2010 8:47 AM
Laney G JacksonvilleFL10/2/2010 3:39 AM
Carrie NardiniPittsburghPA10/1/2010 8:53 PM
Heather FlottmannNYCNY10/1/2010 8:35 PM
Natalie GriffithWilmingtonDelaware10/1/2010 5:55 PM
Jesse LottJamers IslandSouth Carolina10/1/2010 5:39 PM
Shannon KingFuquay-VarinaNorth Carolina10/1/2010 5:30 PM
Darya GardeckiWest ReadingPennsylvania10/1/2010 4:42 PM
Bonnie HoganGrayTennessee10/1/2010 4:14 PM
Melissa MillerBallwinMO10/1/2010 2:48 PM
Amy M.CentralNJ10/1/2010 1:11 PM
Erika PiteraOrlandoFL10/1/2010 11:50 AM
Amanda T.New CastleIN10/1/2010 11:34 AM
CASUDILopez IslandWA10/1/2010 11:09 AM
Tracey RedikerEatontownNJ10/1/2010 10:59 AM
Michael EstrinCedar ParkTexas10/1/2010 10:52 AM
Stephanie EstrinCedar ParkTexas10/1/2010 10:52 AM
John GrecoSewellNJ10/1/2010 10:36 AM
Brenda HessHarrisburgPA10/1/2010 10:06 AM
Jennifer AngerameWiltonCT10/1/2010 9:18 AM
Cristina NolanChicagoIL10/1/2010 9:06 AM
Staci DownsPhiladelphiaPA10/1/2010 8:14 AM
Tricia HicksFleetwoodNC10/1/2010 8:08 AM
Roselyn MendezshepherdstownWV10/1/2010 7:20 AM
Lennore MerzWalnut CreekCA10/1/2010 12:51 AM
Claudia TowlesBaltimoreMD10/1/2010 12:36 AM
Kimber ChristensenBoiseIdaho9/30/2010 11:26 PM
Lori TaylorSalt Lake CityUT9/30/2010 8:56 PM
Angela EscobarBurnsvilleMN9/30/2010 8:55 PM
Sarah NassifMinneapolisMN9/30/2010 8:45 PM
Sue LappanHubbardsvilleNY9/30/2010 7:49 PM
Jerry BrownMilwaukeeWI9/30/2010 7:47 PM
Chris GrantSaranacMI9/30/2010 6:46 PM
Steffany CarrabinoSan JoseCA9/30/2010 6:44 PM
Jill ChuckasStamfordCT9/30/2010 5:16 PM
Nick MohlerLancasterPA9/30/2010 10:31 AM
Fran JohnsenConcordMA9/30/2010 9:18 AM
    Bookmark and Share
Copyright 2009 - 2014 by the Handmade Toy Alliance   |  Privacy Statement  |  Terms Of Use