Column: Artisans in Ukraine share what life looks like | Opinion

Their words come across my computer screen, words of explanation and description, dashed plans and new realizations.

I received them with no trouble in my cluttered South Carolina office. They’re from two young women in Ukraine. I “know” them because I’m their customer. Iryna is “Iryna Fleur,” a cold porcelain floral artist in Kyiv. July and her partner, Alex, make and sell vegan bags through their small business, Good Mood Moon, in Kharkiv. Both are “star sellers” on Etsy, an American online company through which you can buy all manner of things — many handmade — from all over the world.

Shopping on Etsy is like shopping on an endless Main Street of mom-and-pop specialty stores. Just as you’d have friendly conversations with the owners of brick-and-mortar shops, so it is with Etsy. When I asked Iryna, July and Alex if they’d be willing to answer some questions for this

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Tax-Free Weekend 2022 Near Me: Dates, Time & What Qualifies


Many states are participating in tax-free weekend this weekend. Find out all the details below on when tax-free weekend starts and ends near you and if your state is participating in 2022.

Tax-Free Weekend Typically Starts at Midnight & Ends at 11:59 PM

If you’re shopping online, tax-free weekend typically starts at 12:01 a.m. on the day of the state’s first tax-free holiday (usually on a Friday or a Saturday.) Then it typically ends right at 11:59 p.m. on the last Sunday night of tax-free weekend. If you’re shopping in stores, tax-free weekend begins when the store opens on the first day and ends when the store you’re visiting is closing on the last day (which is usually on a Sunday.)

Dates & Details for States Participating in 2022

Here are the dates for the states that are participating this year, including the states that already hosted tax-free

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