Thursday, April 24, 2008

So why should you buy handmade?

I figure that since this is a blog about all things crafty and handmade, I should probably promote the movement and why you should join this revolution.

A lot of people out there just don't get why buying handmade is great, and why ultimately it's better. I mean, why buy a hat that was handmade by an artisan for $ 30, when you can get one from a chain store for $ 10. Why, you say? I'll tell you why:

1- the obvious: it's not mass produced, therefore giving you a more unique edge in your personal style. You'll finally own something unique.

2- Your supporting an independent artist. Let's face it, with today's economy, they need all the help they can get.

3- Not only are you supporting an artist, your supporting yours/theirs local economy. Aren't you just sick of making foreign corporations richer? Does China really need another customer?

4- It helps the environment. It really does! Buying from the lady a few blocks away, rather than buying imported products, that must be transported by boat or plane, makes planet earth a happy lady!

5- It's fair trade. When you pay that $ 30 for the hat, your paying for the materials and the artist' work. As it should be, the artist is being paid for their hard work. When you get the mass produced imported item, often you're supporting slave labor, or at the very least, harsh working conditions.

Of course, we can't buy EVERYTHING handmade, but at least we can make more informed choices. Plus, it'll make you feel good...I promise!


Kay Adams said...

Hi - I really like your blog and especially this article. I am just starting my own blog. Do you mind if I put a link to your blog in one of my blog entries?