I have personal policy. Crudely put, it is: "I won't hand money to an asshole unless I have to." It's my money; I can choose how I spend it, and who I hand it to, for the most part. Sometimes we have to hand it over; there are times in our lives where we have no choice. But day to day, we vote with our dollars -- with our money we vote, collectively, which businesses will thrive and which will not.
The opposite side of that Yin-Yang coin is that I prefer to hand my money to good, kind people. The women listed here are not just my suppliers, but also some of my favorite people to communicate with at Etsy. It's a pleasure to order from them, and I feel good knowing that if I'm going to be giving someone my money for supplies, it's them. I won't go into specifics about these lovely people, because that might involve divulging confidences, but let me tell you, these women are golden, and have been much more than kind to me. And these are all women I never knew until I met them through buying supplies at Etsy.
There is one constant when it comes to these lovely women: they are all marvelous people. It's not just that they have wonderful products at great prices, fast shipping, great customer service (though all of that is true of them, and very important!), but more, they are the salt of the earth. Generous, kind, helpful, they really care about their customers and they are just very decent, fantastic people.
If you are looking for fantastic items for your jewelry-making endeavours, please look them up -- you won't be disappointed. And please tell them Adorn Me said "Hi!."
Bead Supplies www.BeadSupplies.etsy.com - Shop owner: Wendy
Blue Marble Beads www.BlueMarbleBeads.etsy.com - Shop owner: Sue
Brie's Boutique www.BriesBoutique.etsy.com - Shop owner: Brie
Cathy's Jewels www.CathysJewels.etsy.com - Shop owner: Cathy
Fab Beads www.FabBeads.etsy.com - Shop owner: Shannon
Magnolia Supplies www.MagnoliaSupplie.etsy.com - Shop owner: Mag (well, that's what I call her!)
Mountain Shadow Design www.MountainShadowDesign.etsy.com - Shop owner: Diana
PenGwynne Beads www.PenGwynneBeads.etsy.com - Shop owner: Gwynne
Treasures by Karen www.TreasuresbyKaren.etsy.com - Shop owner: Karen