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Believe it or not, small shops and factories are still producing the quality products that became the backbone of America.
Before large corporations and factories, America products were made in small shops. Products were handcrafted with pride from the talents and traditions handed down from generations.
The village blacksmith made many of the tools, farm equipment and even kitchen knifes and utensils. A copper-smith made the tea kettles, and platters, while a glass blower made the drinking glasses.
Clothing was made in the home and small shops, from bulk rolls of fabric and thread purchased at a local dry good or general store. Furniture and cabinets were built by a local cabinet builder and pottery was handmade on a potter’s wheel and fired in a small home kiln.
Many small businesses were operated by second and third generation families making the products that also lasted for generations. Today many of these small shops and factories are gone, because they were unable to compete with the mass production and products being imported.
Some of these small business still do exists but because they are so small they don’t have the marketing and advertising budgets to let consumers know there are still quality American made options available. Many of these are considered cottage based businesses, which also confuses the consumer in thinking they only do arts and crafts items.
The fact is cottage based business still thrive in making tools, home goods, furniture, foods and other everyday products used in homes for generations.
Because these are mostly family ran businesses they don’t have to pass on to the consumer, the high corporate overheads and marketing cost of larger corporations. In some cases they do cost more, but relative to products that are made from cheaper components, these products may outlast their cheaper made clones two to three times. Furniture made of premium solid hardwoods, will become family heirlooms, whereas furniture made from practical board and paper thin laminates will become landfill dilemmas for generations to come.
The owners of one small family owned business have spent years traveling the back roads looking for small hometown businesses still making quality American products the old fashioned way. With a long standing dream of being able to provide a market place to promote the rebirth of the small American made products, Cottage Craft Works was born.
Cottage Craft Works now features over 5000 products with over 95% of them made in small hometown shops and cottage based businesses. These are shops where the owner(s) still touch each product made.
The timing couldn’t be better; Americans are becoming disenchanted with corporate greed, the loss of jobs, and imported products. There is a strong push to buy American as well as to get back-to-basics to become more self-sufficient and live a simpler sustainable life without as much dependence on debt, imported oil, and the costly taxed infrastructures.
With the food chain being threatened by cancer causing agents, and contaminated with bacteria, more and more people are turning to back yard gardens or small family owned organic farmers.
Look for small businesses and the old time back-to-basic products to play an important role again as America sorts through the resurgence of what made this country so great. The America small businesses are back and need your support to become stronger than ever.
To see the Cottage Craft Works Back-To-Basics-General-Store, just log on to http://www.cottagecraftworks.com it’s not an arts and crafts store, but a store filled with highly functional products for the back-to-basics, self-sufficient and sustainable living seekers. These are products made in small cottage based businesses and shops with the quality and pride that made America so wonderful for the small independent entrepreneur.