Holiday shopping has started, and I want to talk to you about the reasons to buy handmade. Maybe you already know them because you are a crafter yourself or your best friend makes pottery items for sale. Is it the easiest way to go, the better way to go?
Let’s look at the FACTS- Just the facts.
Supporting local artists or any artist supports a family- that’s a good thing as it supports the economy. Most likely there is no middleman which keeps the product ‘affordable.’
Handmade items have longevity.
They are made with loving hands who take pride in their craftsmanship, not that type of “How cheap can I produce this” mentality. We want your necklace to last so you get long term enjoyment from it. As beaders, we handpick the materials and spend countless hours drooling over them. That’s the fun part for us- going to a bead show with rows and rows of glistening choices. I know I think about the ‘homes’ my necklaces will go to and the lovely women who will wear them.
Where Did You Get That?
People notice your jewelry and often ask where can they get that, and usually you have a one-of-a-kind piece. But other unique styles are waiting just for them. Maybe you like the compliment (who doesn’t appreciate being complimented) and you do feel beautiful wearing a necklace that was ‘just right for you’. You could have chosen it or if given as a gift, know the thoughtful care that went into the selection.
Since every item is made by hand you can sometimes tweak an adjustment, remake in your favorite colors and even commission a custom order. Neat.
This reason is my favorite.
Connecting artist to customer. Most of the art, jewelry and pottery I have purchased over my lifetime was special because I chose the artist. If at a craft show, a few words led to a discovery of a common interest, geographic proximity, a common acquaintance. Often a spark got ignited and the hard part was to make my selection from the many things I admired.
Hate Crowds and Lines
Shopping online for handmade keeps you out of the crowded stores. You can spend an hour and buy all your gifts , early and sometimes get them gift wrapped with direct shipping . Isn’t it frustrating to think you got all your items crossed off only to realize you forgot Aunt Mary & have to go back out into the fray. And may I remind you that what you see in stores is usually mass produced.
What can be easier?
In conclusion, I encourage each and every one of you to buy more handmade this year, be it for the holidays, special occasions or even because you really want a beautiful new necklace for yourself. You make a difference. I know I speak for all artisans, we appreciate you, as a customer or because you appreciate handmade.
Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving and Holidays.
Go to-http://earthandmoondesign.com/ -NOW, while your favorite necklaces are still available. Remember, they are one-of-a-kind.