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Sadly, we won’t be doing Freebie Fridays this week. I’m sorry to disappoint everyone.

Gotcha! I may be a day late, but I couldn’t help myself! To make up for that lame trick, we’re giving you the chance to win an awesome freebie this week!


Model Metalworks is a husband-and-wife team with a passion for handmade pieces of art and for supporting traditional artisan communities. They work with 23 families who weave pine-needle baskets that represent their cultures.

Model Metalworks has partnered with us to give you the chance to win a handmade pine-needle tray with handles. For a chance to win, answer this week’s question before 12/11c, Monday, April 5. Be sure to provide a valid email address so we can contact you if you win.


This week we want to know: How do you support your local community when it comes to design? Do you refuse to shop at chain furniture stores and visit smaller, local showrooms instead? Do you support the artists and designers in your town? You have until 12/11c on Monday to answer. Click for official rules.



285 Responses

  1. Meg K. says:

    We have a lot of cute stores in Collingswood, NJ. Local artists & designers are featured :) 2nd Saturdays of the month you get to meet the local artists. We also have an awesome Farmers Market every Saturday in the spring & summer!
    Beautiful basket giveaway! :)

  2. Amanda says:

    I shop at small retail stores when it comes to my designing I do sometimes use Wal-Mart for the cost of some items. I check out our local consignment stores. A lot of my design is also passed down from family members. I have not personally worked with a designer in my town however I am from a very small town and there are not many around. I also look for comfort things due to having young children.

  3. Connie says:

    I support local artist's by looking for items that have been signed or has a card saying it was made from our town. There are alot of talented artist's in our town.

  4. Crista S says:

    I love our local artists. Our Farmers Market is growing so much. It has potters, and homemade soap and beads and all kinds of other great stuff. If I could afford the prices I would only buy from them. But Im unemployeed right now so have to make everything stretch. We have alot of great thrift stores too. And surprisingly you can find some of those homemade goodies at them. Crafters and Artists keep up the great work making our homes Beautiful.

  5. Kelli says:

    I do shop local, out of way furniture and antique stores for unique items. Fortunate to live in an area where artists abound, I prefer local artisans of many mediums. Sculpter, stone, watercolor and metal. I love it all! Self expression should be celebrated! I do this through support of a purchase!

  6. Joanie Orren says:

    I live in an area that has alot of resale and consignment shop,and since I love to recycle it is perfect for me. I'm not a modern person and a couple of shops carry arts and crafts from local artist

  7. Michelle says:

    I live in Lawrence and the local artists here are amazing. We pride ourselves with shopping local small businesses and maintaining a local downtown district. Many creative shops to choose from.

  8. we support locally owned businesses and artists here in our small town in Wisconsin, Plus I work for a locally owned business.

  9. I like to purchase from local growers at our farmers' market (some are just wholesalers in disguise) and from local artists. I will be in the market for a new bed soon, and I might go looking for something from the Amish community a couple of counties over.

  10. buntens says:

    LOVE this bowl! It's hard to find unique, handmade items where I live. It would be perfect with my new kitchen table!

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