|Ghost of a Gardener by Rachel Ries on vinyl|
I'm going to start by talking about a fantastically generous Pay What You Feel Sale which is happening right now in Rachel Ries' Bandcamp shop. Rachel is a talented singer-songwriter - I love her Ghost Of A Gardener album - who also screenprints and makes great jam. In order to clear space, she has priced all physical product in her shop from CDs to t-shirts, notebooks to marmalade, at $1 plus shipping although you can choose to pay more if you would like. If we weren't travelling right now I would certainly be snapping up a Ghost Of A Gardener t-shirt! Rachel says her Pay What You Feel Sale will last until the end of 2016 unless everything sells out beforehand!
Notonthehighstreet.com features products from thousands of creative small businesses and their sale is starting tomorrow! From the 23rd December until the 25th of January Not On The High Street will have 50% off prices across all categories including jewellery, homewares, food and drink. Obviously as many items are from small scale producers, there is a real risk of stocks running out before the sale ends. Don't wait too long to secure your helping of Chocolate Brussels Sprouts!
|Princess lunchbag at English Heritage|
|Sleep teabags by Twinings|
After so much Christmas excitement, relaxation will be necessary for a few days - until New Year's Eve at least! Fortunately Twinings are coming to the rescue with their seasonal sale which begins on the 26th December and runs through until the 8th of January. Twinings have a dedicated sale page here, and I noticed that there are already some nice bargains to be had including teas and elegant tea making equipment. Grab yourself a bargain ahead of the rush with these Sleep teabags at half price (20 for £1.35). I love the Louise Wilkinson Berry Tree Teapot (reduced to £28 from £42.50) too. I also have a sneak preview of Twinings' January promotion to tell you about. Throughout the month, healthy green teas and fruit infusions will be just £1 as part of Healthy January.
Patreon? The website is now well-established and offers fans of creative people the chance to patronise their favourite artists, supporting them by way of a small monthly payment. Pledges begin at just $1 a month which may be pretty much nothing to the pledger, but a few hundred people pledging that (or more) can result in a significant reliable income for the artist / musician / writer. This allows them the financial freedom to be creative. In return, artists offer rewards to their Patrons in a similar style to Kickstarter. You might get exclusive content, free songs or art, handmade gifts - the rewards are as varied as the artists themselves - and you also get to feel good about supporting the arts!
Patreon so, if it seems overwhelming to begin with, perhaps I could suggest my Literary Flits project as one to start with! You'd be supporting promotion of indie, small press and global literature and my rewards include free books, handmade literary greetings cards and a 25% discount in my Etsy shop! That would cover your $1 a month in no time!
Have a very Merry Christmas and I hope you grab loads of bargains in the sales!