Awhile back my brother was telling me about a friend of his who spends his full time job combing e-bay for "lots" of items, and then breaks them up into small groups, re-photographs them, and resells them. Like make-up, and jewelery-you name it. The thing is, then he the turns around and spends the profits on another "lot" and starts again, so all the money just stays in the small pool. I realized for the last year, this is what my paypal account has become, for the most part. I sell stuff and then buy stuff-all from this magical bank in space. . .and this needle felted Eugene, pulling his ducky, had to come live with me because he seemed too distraught to stay where he was. I adore him. By the talented Jenn Docherty, who I believe is having a baby any second now. . .I think she is having another sale before then, busy girl. . .
And the these lovely Decole items from a favorite Decole haunt of mine, Loloko. Always a dangerous place for me to visit and I just love her graphics on her main page, so very simple and cool.
So, I do realize I am a bit like this friend of my brother's, but I think actually buying stuff from craftspeople and artists is wonderful. I love swaps and trades and all that for sure, but there's nothing like cash to make you feel like your efforts are worth it. . .and I do realize the basis of this theory also allows me to continue shopping guilt free. . .