Shopping for Handmade in New York City
[UPDATED: December 1, 2012]
There are many benefits to buying handmade goods this holiday season. It makes for more meaningful giving, it supports local craftsmen and is overall better for the environment. The accumulating effects of mass production are a major cause of global warming. If buying with a conscious is high on your list of things to do this holiday season, where do you find high quality handmade goods? The internet is crawling with items that claim to be unique and handmade but it is almost impossible to discern the junk from the gems. Here is the 411 on where to get unique handmade goods in NYC.
Where to buy handmade:
Enchanted Toys – CLOSED 1179 Lexington Ave at 80th Street in NYC
This toyshop sells only handmade and natural toys that encourage imaginative play.
Acorn — 323 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY 11201 · 718.522.3760
Acorn stocks wooden toys, Waldorf dolls, some furniture, and unique clothing and artwork by New York designers and artists from around the world.
Their factory on 131st street has a doll hospital, heritage gallery, gift shop, and even holds tours and birthday parties for kids. You can buy the dolls online or from FAO Schwarz or Mary Arnold among other local retailers.