It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of the handmade movement. And I'm always on the lookout for the best, most beautiful handmade goodies around. I've been a long-time Etsy shopper and seller, but I have to admit it can be frustrating at times. The handmade market is SO crowded; and it's becoming harder and harder to find things I love--things that speak to me.
I was so thrilled when I met the wonderful people from Umba at Alt Summit in January. They curate the most gorgeous handmade items from around the world, all in one place. Besides being simply a curated handmade marketplace, though, Umba also offers monthly box subscriptions. You can have delightful handmade treasures sent to your doorstep every month.
Umba also has an Umbassador program. It's a way people can make a living selling handmade goods, without actually making them themselves. Umbassadors host trunk shows and parties and make a commission on the sales from their party. By connecting artists and Umbassadors, children in Ethiopia are now able to attend school because their parents who craft Umba's Banded Cotton Towels are now earning a steady income, and grandmothers in Chile can earn a fair wage by knitting their Wooly House Shoes. I have chills just thinking about handmade goods changing peoples' lives.
I've partnered with my new friends from Umba to host a little trunk show of my own. I've gathered some of my favorite things right here to pretty-up your day.
The trunk show will run through the 9th…so let's start shopping and show some love for these incredible artists! If you like what you see, definitely pop over to Umba to see the full collection.