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01 December 2011 @ 04:07 pm
Signal Boosting: 2011 Winterfaire and The Big Shill (two separate events!)  
ysabetwordsmith is hosting 2011 Winterfaire at her journal. Description:
The Winterfaire spreads out as far as the eye can see. Some booths show streamers of red and green, while others sport blue and silver. All of them offer treasure after shining treasure. Music fills the air with lyrics of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, and Yule. From the Wordsmith's Forge comes the bright chiming of words being hammered into literature. Delicious scents of hot chocolate, spiced cider, peppermint, baking cookies, and gingerbread tantalize the appetite. Smiling, laughing shoppers amble from booth to booth with lists in hand. Vendors grin back, calling out, "Come try, come buy...!"

I know a lot of artists, writers, musicians, crafters, and other talented folks who make some of their living from their creative endeavors. I don't always have the money to support them as much as I'd like, but what I can do is set up a virtual faire where vendors can offer their wares to an audience that likes crafts, literature, and small businesses. For those of you doing your holiday shopping, here's an opportunity to buy something made with love, something unusual or unique, in a way that helps make it possible for creative people to go on creating wonders. And there will be no traffic jams, stampedes, or gunfights at the Winterfaire!



benchilada is hosting The Big Shill in his journal. Description:
Guess it's Christmouse/Khanuchka/Kwaanzaaa time again, and we all need to get presents for friends.

BUT!

We all have an awesome chance here. As news about our economy stagnates and massive corporations bemoan their less-than-unpleasant fates, we can feel kinda helpless. Remember, though, that there are ways we can help improve things, ways that DON'T require giving hoards of money to big box stores or places whose practices we dislike but where we must shop by necessity.

Improve the economy by BUYING LOCAL and BUYING HANDMADE. We're here to help.

--- Do you sell art?
--- Do you sell other items?
--- Do you have friends who do these things?
--- Do you know of a local business that could use a little boost?

If you answered YES to ANY of those questions, please read The Rules of the Game.
If you answered NO to all of those questions, you confuse me.


You can create a booth to sell your stuff, or you can contact a creator about buying stuff. Go ye forth and check them out!