I like to support independent, New Mexico businesses. I also like to shop online. Antithetical? Can I get the convenience of shopping onlilne for my sister's birthday present and having it shipped directly to her in Chicago, but buy from a New Mexico business? Any suggestions?

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Comment by Judy Hooks on July 28, 2009 at 6:32pm
Does she like Indian jewelry or does she like to cook?
Comment by Josh Gentry on July 28, 2009 at 10:32pm
Jewelry is more likely.
Comment by Barelas Babe on July 30, 2009 at 8:21am
Check out our own DCF blogger's Etsy site - Adelita's made some beautiful trinkets!
Comment by Josh Gentry on July 30, 2009 at 3:05pm
Thanks, Barelas Babe. That has promise. I particularly like The Olga. Not only that, but I discovered Etsy lets you sort by location. There are pages of results for Albuquerque. Very cool.
Comment by Josh Gentry on August 1, 2009 at 4:14pm
Update on what I've found for shopping online but shopping local. My favorite so far is to use Etsy's shop local to search for Albuquerque. Handmade items for sale online by folks from Albuquerque.

There are some sites that are similar to Etsy, in that they are online market places for handmade products. Sadly I haven't found any others that have the Shop Local search. With their focus on independent artisans, I think that feature would work for all of them. They do have generic search features, and you can kludge it by searching for "New Mexico" or "Albuquerque." 1000markets.com is one you can try this way. Results are mixed.

Art Fire is another similar site. I didn't have much luck with its search, but it has links to add items to kaboodle is a shopping recommendation site. That got me thinking, perhaps a kaboodle group or individuals creating kaboodle lists about New Mexico products would be a good idea.
Comment by Josh Gentry on August 1, 2009 at 5:07pm
As an experiment, I created a New Mexico group on kaboodle. http://www.kaboodle.com/groups/new-mexico

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