badges!!? we don't need no stinkin' badges!
About 3 or 4 years ago there was a very successful online initiative called BUY HANDMADE that called for people to take a pledge to buy handmade products. Crafters and artists embraced the concept and soon badges started appearing everywhere "I took the handmade pledge". Why, you could hardly visit a marketplace or community craft site without finding the catchy green and gray images.
We pledged, we purchased, and we spread our enthusiasm for our niche market.
I don't know how many individuals signed onto the pledge page at BUY HANDMADE, but it was impressive and encouraging. Thousands? Hundreds of thousands? We kinda lost count. But we all felt good about it, and our intentions were honest.
Sorry to tell you this, but the BUY HANDMADE.org site is no longer in operation. Many crafters are still harboring the (code for) badges/buttons on their blogs, but those widgets are no longer working. Maybe it's temporary, and the "buy handmade pledge" will come back to us?
A quick google search for 'buy handmade' directs you to some thoughtful articles with everything from reasons to buy handmade, to actual articles for sale. There's even a new pledge page on Inspire Handmade.
Maybe it's time for a new grassroots effort to benefit the makers of handmade goods? Occupy handmade! own it. feels it's power. bring it to the people.