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Michael Salguero is CEO and co-founder of, an online marketplace connecting Buyers who want one-of-a-kind creations with Makers. He writes on topics ranging from local consumption and business to macroeconomic trends and entrepreneurship.

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The Tiny House Movement

(24) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 6:47 PM

The tiny house trend is on the rise with more and more individuals, couples, and families choosing to trade in space for simplicity. And from college grads to retirees the appeal of a miniature home spans the ages. Shrinking square footage not only cuts down on chores -- it's a...

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Resolving to Be a Better Shopper in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 12:44 PM

The holidays are now over and 2014 has arrived. Now is the time when many of us are thinking about resolutions for the New Year -- setting new goals, assessing new challenges and thinking about ways to make this year the best one yet. We have big plans to take...

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Why Buying Local Is Worth Every Cent [Infographic]

(11) Comments | Posted November 24, 2013 | 6:28 PM

Where you decide to shop this holiday season could have a major impact on both the economy and our environment, according to a new infographic from CustomMade, the online marketplace for custom goods.

With the holidays just around the corner, this is the season for big box...

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Custom Furniture on the Move

(2) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 8:12 PM

Children love seeing everyday objects magically come to life in films like Fantasia and Beauty and the Beast, but have you ever seen custom furniture that could move itself?

This busy fellow, one in a series of "Unspecified Figures" created...

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Not the Same Ol' Song and Dance: Music-Inspired Furniture and Other Custom Projects

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 3:37 PM

What has music inspired you to do today? Did your favorite song get you out of bed this morning or help you run that extra mile? Perhaps your favorite band took you back to another time, or a new song gave you a new perspective on life.

Music moves...

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Childhood Treasures Inspire Custom-made Jewelry

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2012 | 2:52 PM

Remember "Rubber Ducky?"

"We all sang it when we were little, right?" asks CustomMade artisan Alison McGlamry of McGlamorous. She created this necklace as an homage to the cute, yellow, chubby fella, "Rubber Ducky, You're the One," complete with glass duck, Austrian crystals,...

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Custom Motorcycle Leather

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 4:47 PM

The motorcycle is a modern American icon of freedom and individuality with a streak of rebellion.

So why is motorcycle fashion dominated by black leather?

When CustomMade leather artisan Nanci Rogers of Ace High Leathers first dove into the world of motorcycles, she found that high-end accessories were...

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Wormy Chestnut Custom Furniture

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 9:15 AM

Despite a growing awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of using reclaimed wood for furniture, obstacles to its wider acceptance persist. One subtle prejudice in particular is a powerful dissuader when it's time for potential customers to choose building materials: names.

If you have no special knowledge...

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Broaden Your Decor Palette With Reclaimed Pallets

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 12:54 PM

People might think pallets are strictly for moving furniture, not building furniture. Perhaps, as another example of negative attitudes in our society towards "dirty work," the use of pallets in the transportation of goods, from warehouse floors to ship holds to trailers, may evoke connections with dirtiness and...

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We Believe in Creation

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 1:20 PM

At CustomMade, we talk to many a consumer who has little understanding of the time, effort and process involved in actually making the things they buy, such as furniture and jewelry, by hand. Having moved away many decades ago from getting all of your clothes made by the local tailor...

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Buy Local -- How YOU Can Improve the Economy

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 9:00 AM

I am an avid reader of The Huffington Post. In fact, if you talk to my wife Karlene, she would tell you I am addicted. I love reading the political and social stories, and love how quickly I can get caught up on the world's news.

Through my reading...

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