It’s no secret that I’m a big supporter of handmade, both as a seller and a buyer. There’s something a bit special about buying an item which you know has had a lot of love put into it, has been made with someone’s own hands, with skills they have learnt possibly over years. For me, it’s an easy choice.
So many of my friends or family who don’t buy handmade ask me where I get my handmade items. How do I find them? How do I buy them? How does this handmade stuff work? I gush to them about madeit, the brilliant Australian handmade marketplace. I tell them how easy it is, how convenient it is to shop from home, how great it is to support other work-from-homer’s like me who are passionate about the value of well-made and unique clothing/homewares/gifts just like I am. The brains at madeit have been busy, busy, busy behind the scenes to launch a brand new version of the popular site. And now with a newer, crisper, fresh face I’m hoping more of these curious people wanting to dip their toe in this mysterious handmade community will dive right in.
It’s easy to get lost in the handmade crowd though, both as a seller and a buyer. There’s just so much stuff out there. It can be overwhelming sifting through it all. So I’ve done a little round-up of my favourites at the moment from the virtual shelves of madeit…
Of course there’s a plethora of children’s clothing, toys, accessories – there always will be with mums making up a huge portion of handmade sellers and buyers. Being a non-mum handmade aficionado I tend to buy a lot of homewares, jewellery, stationary and of course gifts for the little ones in our life as well. I think there’s this stigma attached to handmade that the items will be totally naff, a bit daggy, people think that unless it’s from Country Road it can’t possibly be any good. Sites like madeit are making this way of thinking a thing of the past, shaking off the handmade mothballs and (as you can see) showcasing some beautiful, modern products in a beautiful, modern format.
The new madeit site has made it even easier and simpler (and prettier!) to be a part of the handmade movement. Go on, off you go, down the rabbit hole of handmade online shopping…
Invitation by Tambo Creations | Clutch handbag by Eleven Roosters | Lampshade by Patturn | Childrens shoes by Pici Papucs | Tea print by Billy & Scarlet | Onesie and pants set by Bubby Makes Three | Cushion by Black Eyed Susie | Dog by Vintage Chenille |Girls top by Twinkle Star | Heart brooch by Simonette | Gift tags by 3 Girls and a Goat