In order to have a place to share the really good stuff I've come across, I decided to create With A Side Of Awesomesauce.
I enjoy the good life - on a budget. I'm always suspicious, and sometimes resentful, of spending money. I think it is why I avoid mass-market products: the chances of being disappointed about the quality seem much greater than when purchasing from artisans and local businesses. That's not to say that all widely available goods are crap - I'll be featuring a few of them here I'm sure - but that I tend to be happier with my purchases from "little guys".
In our current economy, I think supporting artisans and local businesses is more important than ever. When we buy cheap imported goods, we don't just put Americans out of work - we also send those profits overseas. When we buy from our neighbor, our neighbor can then buy from us, and we keep our resources within our communities.
These days, there's a lot out there to choose from... but that can make it overwhelming, especially when considering a purchase from an unknown entity. I understand the thinking that at least one knows what one is getting from a mass-produced product, including where the quality is likely to suffer.
With A Side Of Awesomesauce is here to offer reviews of the really good stuff. Please feel free to offer suggestions in comments!