V is for Virtual Visit

V is for Visit.

A local museum, art gallery, craft fair or shop selling handmade items. Of course, you can’t / shouldn’t do this physically at the moment but you can do it VIRTUALLY
You don’t have to buy anything, and of course, the bonus of visiting virtually is that you can do it in your jim-jams, and it’s even easier to linger without a purchase, but if you could buy something, even if it is something small (or even better, something significant 😉 ) or make a note of the maker for your next gift purchase, then that will go a long way to helping them stay afloat in these difficult times.

If you love their work, but it’s not the right time to make a purchase, then why not share their site on your social media*.

That’s often as good as a sale for me. And, if you have bought from a small business owner, especially a make, please, please leave them a review, and email / message them direct with any feedback you think might help them improve.

You can usually do this in a number of ways – for example I have a shop on Etsy, one on my fledgling website as well as business Facebook and Google profiles, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram accounts. I use them all differently, some more rarely than other, but each has a different demographic, so honest reviews or shout outs on any are always a joy to receive

The Guardian created a list of their favourite museums offering virtual tours and of course, there’s my local museum, here in Exeter – the Royal Albert Memorial Museum

I’ve got pals who are doing virtual tours remotely with their friends and loved ones, phoning / messaging / skyping while they ‘wander’ round the exhibits with a cuppa, others using them as art appreciation and history starting points with their kids and some just stopping off for a moment of calm.

*I gave you a list of awesome creatives earlier in this series, but I discovered Helen Birmingham via one of the ScrapHappy contributors this week – kits you could order to be posted to someone who likes something a little different to occupy their time. She’s my suggestion today.

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Photo is of a bee happy in a globe artichoke I allowed to go over, specifically for this purpose

About DawnGillDesigns

Finally able to make stuff and get paid for it!!! How cool is this?!
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9 Responses to V is for Virtual Visit

  1. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I love buyiong handmade items and am blessed with several local craft shops. If this goes on much longer I will certainly be going on-line to see if there is something I can buy to keep them going.

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  2. acflory says:

    Tweeted about my favourite Silversmith. ‘V’ is for Very good. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. katechiconi says:

    If you just want to look at art and textiles, have a look at the links in this post:
    (https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/1967088/posts/2635671550)
    But I like the idea of supporting artists and artisans as well as enriching my mind.

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  4. Thank you so much for the shout out Dawn. Much appreciated. Helen’s kits are a great idea for a present, can highly recommend them. 🙂

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