I’ve been doing a little mass production of my own. These are the last of the hooded towels that I had planned to make for an upcoming craft show. But something in me says that I need more. I’m always in a shortage of boys’ things. A friend called to tell me that Target now has hooded towels for $11. Geez! When I first started making these towels, they were not as widespread as they are now. The only store that I knew of was Neiman’s. Now they are everywhere. And for chump change! I just cannot compete with these big stores, unless I just start giving stuff away. And believe me, I do my fair share of that already. But those mass produced products don’t have the same personality and quality that handcrafted items do. My style is sophisticated and chic and theirs is just generic baby style. If you can call it style. I find excitement in owning something that I know few people have. The hard part is that it is rare to find people who appreciate that and are willing to pay more for it. Being frugal myself, I totally understand that. But there just comes a time when we should support the people we care about instead of continuing to fill these people’s pockets just to save a couple of bucks. And by people we care about, I’m talking about local artisans who are just trying to put a piece of themselves out in this world and the stay-at-home moms who are putting their many talents to work.