Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Press Release: The HTA Reaffirms Commitment to Buy Handmade and Local

In celebration of American Craft Week 2010, the Handmade Toy Alliance (HTA) outreached, in conjunction with bloggers across the country, an open call to all to pledge to buy handmade and local products this upcoming quarter. Throughout the ten day period, HTA promoted their members, and artists in all mediums, by utilizing social media outlets such as facebook and twitter to create a community of energy around the current thrust to buy hand crafted and local goods.

Gnome Family by The Original Tree Swing as
Featured on Sara's Toy Box blog (both HTA Members)

“We are always overwhelmed by the outpouring of support – not just from the artist community – but from individuals and families throughout the country,” stated Jill Chuckas (CT), owner of Crafty Baby and Board member of the HTA. “Once again, we were affirmed that people really do value the products our members create - the love, time, energy and story behind each creation is so very important.”

Over 40 blogs cross posted with the HTA during American Craft Week. All posts were shared on the HTA facebook and twitter pages. In addition, a twitter newspaper was created to highlight the event.

Participating Blogs included:

Thanks to everyone who blogged and everyone who pledged to buy handmade!