Etsy Maine Team: Handmade with Heart

Claddagh rings are a standard accessory for us Irish folk (and many non-Irish folk). They're quite literal in their symbolism, and their message, loosely translated, is: "I give you my heart in my hands and crown it with loyalty."

Members of the Etsy Maine Team — who create handcrafted items and sell them on — have given that message a twist. They're giving their heart through their hands and crowning it with philanthropy. Through Nov. 19, 55 sellers will donate 15 percent of their sales to Preble Street. The Portland-based nonprofit works to create solutions to homelessness, hunger and poverty.

The lineup includes jewelry, fiber art, folk art, paper goods, paintings, prints and vintage goodies. To peruse the list of featured sellers or for more information, click here. Chances are, you'll discover a few that are new to you. Case in point: this gorgeous hammered-silver ring from Lofted Designs of York.

What better way to get a jump on your holiday shopping, support local businesses and help a good cause? And though you may not be giving a Claddagh, the message is still as strong.


Jessica Moreau Berry said...

Thanks so much for mentioning the Etsy Maine Team and this great cause!


Lofted Designs said...

Great post! Thanks so much for spreading the word about our fundraiser and for featuring my silver ring!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I love my Maine Teamers!

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