Hello friends, today we are having a little break from photography. On Friday of this week I get the results of my Open University short course, and I'm getting a bit jittery.
I decided instead to turn my attention away from photography for just a short while, and talk about another pet passion of mine - online shopping.
I really used to hate Christmas shopping, going to a huge shopping mall, wandering round looking at all the overpriced tat that was put out as "must haves" for Christmas, until about 7 years ago, when I discovered on-line shopping. Since then most of the High Street retailers have lost my business. To start with I used known names who offered home-delivery, such as M&S, BHS, Amazon etc, as well as the large toyshops when the grandsons were younger, but last year I discovered an enormous army of online stores offering unique hand crafted and handmade goods for sale, and since then I've used nothing else.
So in the run-up to the major Christmas shopping rush I have decided once a week to promote one of the now well established on-line shopping market places. I've already mentioned MISI on several occasions, and not just because I have my own items for sale there. I have bought almost all of the gifts I've given in the last year (apart from the ones I've made myself) from MISI, which is a huge UK based community of sellers making all sorts of wonderful goods for sale. Most are one-offs, and I would suggest that the range of goods covered would be enough for anyone. There are all the usual contenders, lots of unique and very individual styles of jewellery, some fabulous candle makers, soap makers, card makers, artists, childrens clothing, adult clothing, homewares, garden wares, woodworkers and many, many more. MISI has almost 9,500 registered users, and the vast majority of those users have items for sale, as well as buying from one another.
Even if you have never shopped on line before, I would urge you to just take a look at MISI for yourself, it is a really friendly community covering the whole of the UK from Cornwall to Edinburgh and beyond. If you cant find that special something that you are looking for somewhere in amongst MISI's sellers, I doubt you will find it anywhere.
So please, do yourself a favour, as well as all the lovely UK crafters out there in the on-line marketplace, and have a poke around MISI (http://www.misi.co.uk or click highlighted word for direct link to MISI homepage), I guarantee you wont be disappointed.