10 July 2014

uncommon goods

I'm interested in narratives of process. I have an intrinsic sense of it -- as a writer, as a photographer, I've borne repeated witness to the editorial course. I've watched Robert rebuild automobiles from scratch. I have friends who live on their art, too -- musicians, painters, graphic designers, knitters, weavers.  I was keenly aware of the long, tedious (and glorious) process of making -- when it came to my kind of making. But I don't think it was until my 20s that I really drew the connection between the abstract artistic process, and the role it played in my everyday life. In what I wear, where I live, what I cook with, what I buy. And whom and what values I support -- or don't -- in the process.

And with that, I'd love to introduce a new favorite corner of the internet -- Uncommon Goods. Uncommon Goods is exactly that -- uncommon goods, with an uncommon narrative. The Brooklyn-headquartered shop was founded 15 years ago with the goal of providing a creative platform for makers who create without harming people, animals, or the environment. Most products are USA-made, and many are handmade and/or up-cycled. And...I think it's neat that the lowest-paid, seasonal employee at Uncommon Goods starts at 50% above minimum wage.

I was thrilled to collaborate on this post with Uncommon Goods to review a product from their personalized gifts collection. You can see some ideas for special gifts here. For the past few years, Robert and I have tried to be especially conscious of buying each other heritage items when gift-giving -- timeless, quality things we can pass onto our children. This means buying less...but buying better. Uncommon Goods will be a great source for this practice -- and, they already have wonderful options for anniversary presents corralled -- click here to see. (Love the wooden wine glasses and terrarium!)

From the collection, I chose the Hand of Buddha Jewelry Stand (find here), which I thought would incorporate nicely with my thrifted glass-and-brass pendant and my salt rock lamp from a small, mountainside shop in Colorado --two objects I love, not just as finished pieces, but because of how I sourced them for our home. So, thank you, Uncommon Goods! Not just for the beautiful piece -- which I'll surely treasure, and look forward to my future children treasuring, too. But thank you for reminding me that a creative, wholesome home starts with what we put in it -- and where those things came from, too.


  1. It sounds like a wonderful brand. People with those kind of values are jewels we should cherish indeed.

  2. i love the jewelry stand you chose, it looks amazing. i checked out their other items too & they are all so good

  3. beautiful stand. i love it.


  4. this is lovely. i love brands that actually take care in presenting objects that are well made and well sourced. the process is so important.