• A Day to Celebrate ( Handmade ) Labor?

    Posted on September 2, 2011 by in Ms Veronica's News

    pump trolly note card - Ms. Veronica's

    Monday, September 5th is Labor Day, a national holiday in the United States. The US Department of Labor has a pretty concise history and explanation of Labor Day on their website. It explains how it came about, what it means and even talks about legislation and workforce representation.

    Most small businesses, like my fellow Etsians and Zibbeters do not have “workforce representation,” so how does this pertain to us? I believe we exemplify what built this country with what we do everyday. Imagine with me, that the early immigrants didn’t open their small shops, if folks like Roland Macy didn’t open his modest shop in 1858. He pioneered the ‘price tag’ that we find to be so common and unnoticed. And I believe that in out little handmade world, we are reviving all the uplifting and encouraging ideals of our forefathers.

    Vintage Adding Machine - ThirdShift

    This expert from the US DOL site says it very well:

    “The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.”
     

    Vintage Sewing Machine : Tarafish

    You see, my fellow Artisans, we are the “the creator(s) of so much of (our) nation’s strength.” We too are “the American* worker.”

    (*insert your country here)

    Happy Labor Day to all.

    Roanne.

    PS – don’t forget about my current giveaway (easy linky entry) and BIG coupon.

6 Responses so far.

  1. Janetta says:

    I would really like to thank you for that work you have done in writing this blog post. Looking forward to more.

  2. Juanita says:

    I can practically feel the labour union spirit welling up in me :-) Happy Labour Day!

  3. JD says:

    Your post is very well written and I really love the quote! Makes me feel so privileged to have my own shop. Thank you for this post, and for including our old business machine. I look forward to following your blog. Happy Labor Day to you!

  4. Heather says:

    I love the sewing machine!