You all know by now that I love a good independent shop or business, and I’m also a fan of profiling artists, makers and creatives here on the blog – so when the lovely folks at Uncommon Goods got in touch, I jumped at the chance to feature them.
Started by founder Dave Bolotsky after he was inspired by a Smithsonian Museum craft show in 1999, Uncommon Goods was born to bridge the gap between the maker and the buyer; almost two decades later, the business has gone from strength to strength, and now stocks beautiful, handmade products by hundreds of independent brands and creatives. Not only that, but they’re a certified B-Corporation, which means that they’ve passed several strict tests concerning areas like environmental practises and community impact; sustainability is one of the prime concerns at Uncommon Goods, and the company pride themselves on being as ethical as possible as often as possible – they print onto FSC certified and recycled paper, choose environmentally friendly packing materials and donate $1 for every order to a partner of the customers choice.
Product-wise, there’s not a lot they don’t sell; you’ll find unique and beautiful things for your home, your kitchen, and your children. There’s jewellery (I’ve done a little collage of my favourites at the bottom – because, why not?! There’s a great minimal style collection, if that’s your bag!), toys, kitchenware and artwork, scarves, bags, mugs and plates…. if you can’t find it on there, you probably don’t need it!
One of my favourite things about the website, though, is the blog; full of makers studio tours, The Goods is full of inspiration, business tips and the absolute best part – makers studio tours! I love a good nosy round peoples workspaces, especially if they’re creative in some way, so this was definitely a highlight for me. I thought it was brilliant that you could go and buy a product, and then click across and find out more about the person who made it – what a fantastic shopping experience!
1: Salvaged Furniture Wood Double Arrow Necklace, £47.67 // 2: Tagua Double Strand Necklace, £40.34 // 3: Northern Woods Watch, £101.95 // 4. Me and You Venn Necklace, £80.68 // 5. Salvaged Funiture Wood Lotus Necklace, £40.33 // 6. Tagua Verde Necklace, £42.54 // 7. Rising Moon Necklace, £20.54
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