I love Minnesota. For its beautiful lakes. For its amazing restaurants. For its fantastic music scene. And for the way it supports artists of all kinds. There is just a wonderful sense of community here. A willingness to help one another.
It’s about collaboration, not competition here.
It’s the old idea that two heads are better than one. Or that working together leads to better results.
I mean, it makes sense. No one is going to have the right answers all of the time.
Though I do a lot of things on my own over at the shop, I certainly don’t do it all. My friend Jeni designed my logo. My friend Rachel helps with photography. My mom is the mastermind behind the macramé, and she assists on furniture projects.
I can’t do it all. Multiple heads are definitely better than one. Believe me. They catch your mistakes, they help you improve and thank goodness, they lighten your load.
I don’t know about you, but some days it feels like I’m walking uphill both ways, and I forgot my phone at home. (Isn’t that just the worst feeling?)
So in that spirit, I recently joined up with Whym Local. According to the website, “Whym Local offers an online shopping experience that strives to strengthen community, giving people a way to shop local handmade home goods online. Shopping local means more dollars going back into your local community.”
That is exactly what I’m talking about. A group of people getting together to strengthen the community (Minnesota) and creating a better thing (an online collective of their work) in the process. People like Intermission and Wandermore.
Lindsay from Wandermore designs unique wall hangings like this head in the clouds wall hanging. I actually can’t believe is still for sale. Or this super cool tribal weaving. She has a website in the works, but for now you can see her stuff on Whym or over on her Instagram page.
And to top it off, Whym donates a portion of its proceeds to The Champ Foundation, which supports research and treatment for those with Pearson Syndrome. Pearson Syndrome is a multi-system disease that can include sideroblastic anemia and pancreatic insufficiency. It can also impair the heart, kidneys, eyes, ears and brain.
So not only does Whym benefit the makers and the community, it also helps support this wonderful foundation. Now see all the wonderful things collaborating can do?