Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Top Five Reasons to Buy Handmade

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#1 It Just Feels Good: Supporting your local economy feels right. When you purchase a handmade item from an artisan you are directly contributing to someone's livelihood. That person has the ability to set their own prices and therefore be paid a "fair wage" according to their own standards. It makes others happy when they can make a living doing what they are passionate about.
LadeeBee's Studio

#2 Provide Inspiration: Each and every sale to the hand made artist is a boost to that individual's confidence. They'll be inspired to keep creating because you are showing your appreciation for their talent and skill.

#3 A (Good) Reputation: Express your appreciation to your friends, colleagues, and loved ones by giving unique gifts they have never laid eyes on before! You won't have to worry about someone taking your gift back for an exchange or refund because they've already got "one of those". You'll develop a reputation for giving thoughtful, well-made, one of a kind items.

Bridesmaids Gifts by BujuBaju

Crochet wool knit asymmetrical wrap with pin closure

 made to measure

#4 Individuality: Everyone likes to express their individuality with cool gear. Why not demonstrate your personal style by shopping handmade fashions and accessories? You won't need to keep that blouse for weekend use only because so-and-so at the office has the exact same one. Some artists even make clothes custom-made to measure!

#5 Kind to the Environment: Many artists re-purpose older items to make something new, useful and beautiful. Keep encouraging folks to make old into new to keep "stuff" out of landfills. Also, if you shop local your goods are travelling fewer miles to get to you.

Salvaged Key-Shaped Key Rack / Chalkboard

by Half Pint Salvage 

What are your reasons for buying hand made?

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