Friday, July 29, 2011

Gift Local, "Helping Your Hometown One Purchase at a Time"

Jennifer Martin of Portland, TN and a friend are starting on the local level, right here in Middle Tennessee to improve the economy and bolster the appreciation of handmade artisan goods. She is the creator of this lovely silver ring and many other fine items available for sale online. You will soon be able to purchase her pieces and many more through, "Gift Local", a new venue to buy and sell handmade goods.

While the details are not completely ironed out, the slogan for the program is "Helping your hometown one purchase at a time", with the concept being to host and promote events featuring local Tennessee artisans. Jennifer and her partner plan to start small, near the Portland area (near the Kentucky border) with a local craft show and gradually expand to organizing more events throughout Middle Tennessee. They intend to feature local artisans, so that every purchase can help directly support Tennessee families. Of course, the events themselves also help other local businesses, such as restaurants and diners, as consumers have a fun adventure exploring the local craft shows and towns.

Jennifer likes to make jewelry out of handmade beads, manufactured by local artisans. She will be selling her handcrafted jewelry, featuring ceramic, clay, and lampwork glass, made right here in Tennessee. She also makes resin jewelry and hair accessories. 

She is seeking to recruit vendors of handmade goods that offer a wide variety of products. Anything from painting to pottery is welcome for consideration, as long as it is locally made by hand. 

For more information on this event, follow us here in this blog for updates and join us on facebook. This blog is hosted by a group of Tennessee artisans that met on the handmade internet site,, and seek to expand the support of local artisans offline as well as on etsy. Please like us on Facebook for daily updates on local arts, culture, shopping, and events!

If you would like to contact Jennifer Martin directly about becoming a seller for "Gift Local", you may contact her here or through her online shop

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for this blog! Very well written and I appreciate you sharing my Etsy shop along with the event!