September 14, 2009

A Different Kind of Marketplace

I continue to be amazed by the amount of extraordinary talent in the world of handcrafted artisans. One could spend hours scouring shopping sites like Etsy and ArtFire to see that creativity abounds. There's a sense of community among the artists, a mutual respect for each individual craft as well as a healthy dose of competition just to keep everyone striving for higher quality and craftsmanship. I’m proud to be a part of this group.

I’ve previously featured some of my favorite fellow artisans from Etsy in this space but a few months ago I discovered a new marketplace for talent. I was so impressed by the caliber of the art available that I immediately wanted to join. Ahhh but it was not that easy. Unlike many online shopping venues, 1000 Markets only allows participation based on a jury system which picks a select group of artists that meet their criteria for high quality crafts. I’m so happy JulRe Designs LUXE has been selected and I continue to enjoy challenge of making sure my work continues to meet not only my high standards but those set by 1000 Markets and the various themed markets that make up this eclectic venue.

Here are just a few items from some of my favorite merchants at this incredible marketplace:


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Dye Diana Dye

WB Eckert Studio

quejimenez


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Safiya Beauty

Whimsy and Spice

Ceramics by Vadim


THINK HANDMADE and shop these talented artists and the hundreds of others (including yours truly) you will find on 1000 Markets this upcoming holiday season.



Photos Courtesy of 1000 Markets

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