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I started Box Vs. Indie to promote the many talented independent sellers who I felt were getting buried by huge advertising budgets of their maga-retail competitors. I was a new indie seller myself, still finding my place in the community.

Now that I’ve been around for a while, I’ve come to a wonderful realization: this community is thriving! Doing the interview series, I learned of many bloggers out there already promoting the many indie artists, and doing it with so much passion. And new blogs are popping up all the time. I can hardly keep up with them!

As such, I’m turning my efforts to something new, a very personal project that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. It’s a new blog called Breath by Breath, on learning to be happy, the result of a decade of personal exploration on the topic of happiness.

Check it out and, if you like it, please spread the word.

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on Box Vs. Indie over the last several months. If you need to contact me, I’m still reachable through email, flickr, etsy and soon mintd.



A few weeks ago, I posted about the toothsoap from Rose of Sharon Acres. I fell in love with it but was bummed to learn that it’s not vegan.

Well guess what? It’s now available WITHOUT goat milk, in both peppermint and cinnamon flavors. Yay! Simply specify your preference in the notes to seller.

It’s available in both regular and sample sizes, so you don’t have to make a big commitment in order to give it a try. It’s a great product from a great family shop. I highly recommend it!

blogoftheweek.jpg Woo! Box vs. Indie is blog of the week at Mixed Plate. Thanks Liana!

Hello Dear Readers. There’s been a death in my family; I’ll be out of town and away from the computer until Monday, March 19th. Please come back then for more interviews, finds and box store comparisons.

If you’re looking for something to do in the mean time, there’s always Orisinal.


mar6sdlogo.gif My own tastes usually steer me toward comfort over fashion (I’m working on it) but if you have more refined tastes, you might want to check out, Smashing Darling, a new textile-focused online Indie boutique. They’re just starting out, but already, they have some fab listings.

mar6dress.jpg This dress from Punkin NYC retails for $250. I found a similar dress (in polyester to Punkin’s cotton) from Saks for $195 and this one from Banana Republic for $128.

mar6tie.jpg This handmade silk tie from Rachel Park Designs sells for $85. For comparison, ties at Saks seems to run between $89 and $170. Ties at Banana Republic about $60.

mar6bag.jpg This handbag from Thistle Downs sells for $94. Comparisons were hard to find since this is wool, most others were leather, and I use neither, but for the sake of consistency: here’s one from Saks for $1,200 and one from Banana Republic for $248.

Like I said, though, I’m far from expert when it comes to high fashion. I encourage you to check out Smashing Darling and compare for yourself.

They’re a young organization, and I expect they’ll be adding new things every day–particularly since, as with etsy, anyone can open a shop. I asked how they plan to differentiate themselves from Etsy. Their answers are below the fold.

(And for those of you who didn’t catch it in the comment below this post, Mary points out that there is now an Etsy Luxe group for shops that sell higher-end products (members listed here).) (more…)

J.D. over at Get Rich Slowly is writing a series of articles on making money from hobbies. He’s looking for people to interview.

He says:

If you make money from a hobby — knitting, photography, gardening, woodworking, whatever — and are willing to share your story, please drop me a line.