Why Buy Handmade?

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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?

Redone Holiday Savings


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.

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I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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  1. “Supporting local artists or any artist supports a family- that’s a good thing as it supports the economy”

    That’s so true and I also enjoy that when I look at or wear the handmade item I also recall the artist.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

    1. I do too Robin think of the artist and where I bought a painting, jewelry or pottery. Especially if we really engage. I always was a champion of handmade never having a clue that I would be a creator.

    1. Terri, I was skeptical that art and handmade would appeal to online customers because they like to touch and feel jewelry or look at a painting from different angles, but with good photography and descriptions I’m happy to say, online can work.

  2. I agree, Roslyn, it’s good to support local artists. Most of the art work, paintings, jewelry that I absolutely love was purchased from local artists. These pieces mean more to me because there is a story behind each one. Thanks for sharing your Holiday Savings! Great discount!

  3. Thanks for the article! I have tried to make sure I am buying handmade or from small businesses for the last couple of years. I am tired of buying from the big stores that worry about making things cheaper.

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      Well, that is a tidbit we didn’t know about you Norma Dorion. My blog this week is about the artist in all of us. Maybe I read your bio. I too want to knit, especially to knit with beads.Knitting in the evening keeps me from nibbling.

  4. I love your jewelry…and I LOVE your reasons why we should buy from you (or really all our gifts from artisans of some kind)!! I love being able to give a gift that is special…and made with lots of love! Thank you for this reminder!

    1. Cindy, when thinking of writing this blog, I really had to examine why should someone buy a necklace from me other than they like the design or color. The answers inspired the blog.

  5. I love to buy handmade things, made by artists living in US and also local. In California is a huge “buy local” movement. Most of the money spent here help the local economy, so why not?

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  6. Especially in this world where technology adds to the distancing we already feel because of mass production, I love knowing that someone selected each bead, touched each one as she assembled, then disassembled, then reassembled … five times … to get it just right. Even with input from the customer on customized pieces, in the end the piece carries a bit of energy of the designer and creator. Keep beading, my friend! 😉

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