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6 Easy Ways to Support Small Artists and Businesses

Other than buying their products, are there any other ways to support small artists? If you’ve ever asked this question, you’re not alone. There is definitely more than one way to show your support of an artist or small business.

Here is a list of a few unique ways to support your favorite artists without breaking the bank and sometimes even earning extra money from it!

1. Shop directly from their online store if they have one

Platforms like Etsy used to be great for some artists but they tend to take a large commission from their orders, force small artists to offer free shipping, discounts, and can make it difficult to be seen on their platform. Because of this, many small businesses have created their own websites where you can buy their products directly from them. Ordering directly from artists’ online store gives them a much larger percentage of the sale, even if you use a coupon code. 

2. Write a review

Yes, the thing that almost no one ever does unless it’s bad. If you’ve had a positive experience purchasing from an artist, make sure you go back to see if you can leave a review! Not only does this often make their day, and drives them to create more amazing things, reviews can also give small businesses more credibility to future customers to help them grow as a business.

Even if you did not have a positive experience, let the artist know and give them an opportunity to make it right. Feedback is so important as artists continue to improve and grow in their businesses.

3. Shop from a physical shop that carries their items

Many small artists sell to other local shops in their area! You can often find where you can find their products in person on their website under a Find Me page, or a Retailers page. While the artist may not receive 100% of the sale, you would be supporting two businesses with one purchase. The physical retail business and the small artist. Two in one! 

Bonus: Make a friend date out of it! Grab a friend and mark out local shops and restaurants you want to hit up within a certain walking radius. Walk, shop, eat, and support local, all while catching up with your favorite bestie!

4. Spread the word

Word of mouth really is underrated but so many small businesses rely on customers like you telling your friends and family about their businesses. The best part is, it doesn’t really cost you anything! Snapping a quick photo and sharing it on your Instagram story, tagging the artist in a TikTok, or just telling a friend or coworker over a meal. Some small businesses even offer rewards for sharing photos that you can apply to future orders!

Getting in front of the right people can be such a hurdle so telling a friend whom you think might also love their art is immensely helpful to small artists!

5. Become an Affiliate

Not all small businesses will offer this program but some definitely do! What is an affiliate program, you ask? It’s when a business offers you a commission for referring a sale from your own website, blog, newsletter, or social media page. Even if you only have a small following, if you love an artist’s work, you can earn some extra money doing this!

Not only does this help the artist because you are spreading the word about them, but you also get to earn a little passive income as a reward for your help. 


6. Gift small business items or gift cards to your friends and family

Have a birthday, anniversary, or special holiday like Mother’s Day coming up? Check out small businesses first for unique gifts that they won’t be able to buy themselves on Amazon. Many small businesses will often have gift cards available or even curate gift sets that are pre-selected to make gift giving even easier!


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Seattle Handmade Gifts

Seattle Handmade Gifts for Archi Lovers & Friends

There are many talented artists in the Seattle area that sell goods but it can be difficult to search and find them. Here are a few local, small businesses in the Seattle area, run by women that I have a huge crush on! If you've been looking for small businesses to shop from this holiday season, here is a list to help get you started!

Bespoke, Handmade Clothing: A.Oei Studio

Website: | Woman-owned | AAPI

Modern silhouettes and clean lines. There are so many amazing styles to choose from, and I have so many favorites including the Kimono V neck, the Bell Cheongsam Top, and the Windbreaker in Rust! Specializing in made to measure, bespoke clothing made from beautiful fabrics, Angeline even offers redesigning your wedding dress into modern pieces!

Sustainable Handbags: Sea + Pine

Website: | Woman-owned | AAPI

Made from vegan leathers including cactus leather! Beautiful, clean lined designs that are useful and multi-functional. Jenny’s designs are super versatile like this backpack that is also a tote! Currently crushing on the Modern Traveler Backpack, Executive Tote, and the Modern Caryall Tote.

Unique Architectural Jewelry: STUDIYO Jewelry

Website: | Woman-owned | AAPI

Modern pieces made of stainless steel make these sleek designs waterproof! Local designer Diana draws inspiration from architecture and interiors and uses recycled metals to make her ultra lightweight pieces. I might be biased but current faves include the CATENA Earrings, GALA Earrings, and the Tools Charm Necklace!


Modern Minimalist Ceramics: Jennifer Spring Ceramics

Website: | Woman-owned 

Gorgeous, mostly black and white, small batch ceramics. Meticulously hand carved pieces with yummy textures that are made to match your home decor. Jennifer releases pieces in small batches every 4-6 weeks so make sure to check her website regularly!

By the Fire: Bookends Quilting

Website: | Woman Owned

Perfect for snuggle weather, these quilts give all the geometric, cozy feels. Steph’s handmade quilts not only look super comforting but are also so aesthetically pleasing! I also hear she might be releasing patterns next year!

Literal Fire: Lulumiere

Website: | Woman Owned | AAPI

If you are someone who always needs a candle burning like I do, check out Linda's candles! She has an amazing assortment of candles and shower steamers and her packaging is so cute! She just opened a physical brick and mortar store that I am dying to visit. Currently crushing on the Aloha Signature Candle!

Plant Things: Hemleva

Website: | Woman-owned | AAPI

For my indoor plant lovers! If you live in the Seattle area and haven’t heard about Hemleva, I’d be surprised. Samantha makes the cutest and most gorgeous pins, air plant mobiles, and rainbow suncatchers. She also offers a wealth of knowledge in plant care and genuinely seems like the nicest person!

Speaking of Plants: Fringe

Website: | Woman-owned

Walking into Taylor's store is like walking into an interior designer's indoor jungle! Her shop in Belltown is always stocked full of beautiful plants, objects, and the space is so aesthetically pleasing. Plus, she usually has her friendly dog, Gwen with her!
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