Posted by: shipyardadmin | November 11, 2011

New Christmas Tradition for 2011: Supporting Americans by Buying Locally

One year ago this month, six women had the dream of launching their own businesses in a collaborative fashion and artisan boutique. After a year of parties, events, promotions, and lots of laughs, the talents of these women have built something extraordinary together: a 100% handmade shop featuring work of local artisans, as well as affordable fashion merchandise and hostess gifts called 6 In the Shipyard.

Handmade art and jewelry at 6 In the Shipyard

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods – merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different: this year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes, it can!

It’s time to think outside the box, people – who says a gift needs to be wrapped in Chinese-produced wrapping paper? Here are some great gift-giving ideas for everyone on your list this holiday season:

1) There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants, such as our neighbor Alma Nove, or the newest restaurant addition to The Launch at Hingham Shipyard, Wahlburgers  – all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint.

Remember, this isn’t about big National chains – this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open. Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.

2) Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. She’d also love soothing spa gifts from Soul One One, like lotion candles, luxurious bathrobes, or locally handmade soaps.

purchase fine art at 6 in the shipyard boutique

3) For a more personal gift, local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make paintings, pottery, and beautiful wooden boxes. We’ve actually found them, and have a few sub-vendors representing these skillful products.

We have a whole section of hand-thrown pottery now available from our newest vendor, Sloan Fine Art, as well as unique handmade jewelry pieces from Museum School of Fine Arts graduate, Ashley Osgood.  

4) Support local artists by giving the gift of art: Sea Glass Photography offers a variety of framed and unframed prints, many of which are at affordable prices and go with nearly any decor.

5) New baby this Christmas? Dock This Way has several embroidery lines of bibs and onesies, all featuring sayings perfect for Christmas, or for any bouncing baby in general!

Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas starting 2011 – onward is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses like 6 In the Shipyard to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Happy shopping, hope to see you all at the Shipyard soon!


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