Pledge to Buy Handmade: the Handmade Toy Alliance

The Handmade Toy Alliance (HTA) kicked off American Craft Week on October 1st with an open call to all to pledge to buy handmade and local products this coming quarter.

The HTA and Buy By Mom have a lot in common! We both promote parents, grandparents and consumers who are passionate about their businesses and who make the products themselves!

HTA will promote their members and artists in all mediums by utilizing social media outlets such as facebook and twitter to create a community of energy around the current thrust to buy hand crafted and local goods.

“We are excited to once again be working with an amazing community of bloggers and hand crafters to further spread the word of the importance of supporting our local communities and US based manufacturers,” stated Jill Chuckas (CT), owner of Crafty Baby® and Board member of the HTA. “Our HTA blog week in June of this year was a week long highlight of our member businesses. With American Craft Week, we felt the focus should be broader – looking to hand crafted goods in all aspects and the importance of supporting small, locally owned businesses.”

To follow along during American Craft Week, the HTA encourages people to join their facebook page at and follow on twitter at (twitter hashtag for the event is #HTApledge).

The HTA consists of 552 member businesses, including retail stores, toymakers and children’s product manufacturers from across the country who want to preserve consumer access to unique handmade toys, clothes and all manner of small batch children’s goods in the USA. Formed in November of 2008 in response to the CPSIA, HTA members are parents, grandparents and consumers who are passionate about their businesses as well as the safety of the children in their lives. While in support of the spirit of the law, the unintended consequences of the CPSIA have motivated members of the HTA to work to enact change at a federal level. For more information, visit

Please take a moment to like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and pledge to buy handmade and local this quarter!

Parents, grandparents, children and families thank you!

Julianne Alvarez-Wish is a military wife, mother, business owner, professional writer, blogger and legislative advocate. She is the Director of Communications for Our Milk Money, the Colorado State Leader for the National Association for Moms in Business and the owner of Buy By Mom and Buy By Mom Blog. She is the Colorado Springs Stay-at-Home Mom Examiner for She also blogs at A Wishful Thought. Her passion, purpose and goal is to help parents work from home so they can be home with their children.


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