There's something really special about 'discovering' a new company, loving everything they make and championing it to all of your friends. As you see that small, often individual person's, enterprise grow, you feel elated that maybe, just maybe, your support helped a little bit. Well that is what we are ALL about here at Caboodle.
What could be better than showcasing all the amazing independents out there, via our magazine, social media channels and blog? We'll tell you what could be better... realising that the community of self-made talent feels and reciprocates the love!
It always staggers us when people are generous enough to recommend our magazine to friends and family and some of the Instagram posts of people enjoying the mag, in the sunshine or on the sofa, have left us feeling warm and fuzzy, like a grizzly bear in a duffle coat but there is another level of generosity out there too. When we comment on things that we think are wonderful, we are in no way hinting that we want a freebie and yet so many fabulous people have sent us beautiful things to love and appreciate and let us tell you, we do!
Everything we have ever been sent is used, shown off and talked about, so that other people will, hopefully, get online and head straight to the Etsy shop or website of the maker. Yes we like some of the more flamboyant shoe designers out there, but it's the handcrafted, itty bitty pieces of genius that really catch our eyes, so from the bottom of our hearts, thank you to everyone in the handmade community for keeping talent, artistry and shoppers' joy alive. We love you all and will keep singing your praises until our voices are locked in a shell by an evil sea witch.
Shop small everyone, you never know whose life you are changing or what dreams you are helping to realise.