In the beginning, we started off just building a website from scratch. No idea what we were doing, how much it would cost or how long it would take. What we wanted to do was build a place where hard working people who make, recycle and grow things could operate their little businesses and bring quality things to people who care where the things they buy come from.
The idea was to promote sustainability, but soon we discovered everyone seemed to have their own idea of what sustainability means, or worse yet, no idea at all.
So we made our own definition, and we’re sticking to it.
We define sustainability as selling and buying things that are made by people, not factories; Things produced at the local level; Not half way around the world by impoverished people who have no choice but to work at the factory. We think things should be made and used at the most local level possible. We also think commerce should be on the human scale. That’s to say, if a local crafter can make you a chair, and do a great job, why buy one made 12,000 miles away, shipped to a mega-store and falls apart the first year? Why not support your friends and neighbors? Like Karma, that money will eventually come back to you and your community.
We also believe in re-using things. If we can put a used item in the hands of a new owner, instead of creating clutter or filling a landfill, then we’re also acting sustainably. OK, so that PlayStation isn’t exactly hand made. We would rather see it sold to another user than have a new one made.
So here we are today, with a spiffy new website, pretty darn modern and a whole lot smarter.
It has built-in technology and potential we haven’t even started to exploit, from both the seller and shopper perspective.
We hope you really take advantage of it, enjoy it and find it to be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
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