1. HANDMADE IS THOUGHTFUL.
Each item is a creation of love and skill. The artisan uses all their abilities to create a beautiful item that celebrates their craftsmanship. They have imagined each piece, from beginning to end. The thoughtfulness extends to the buyer, who appreciates all the effort and skill.
2. HANDMADE IS HIGH QUALITY.
Hand created products are made to the highest quality because the maker understand the value of each piece. Remember paying less means your getting less. Hand crafted work is built to last. It is not there until the next upgrade or until the guarantee runs out.
3. HANDMADE IS GREEN.
There is not large factory or industry behind hand made. Generally the products are produces and sold in one region or home town. Products pass through fewer hands than big companies, creating a smaller footprint. Who doesn’t value that today?
4. HANDMADE IS SUSTAINABLE.
Creators of handmade items care greatly about the quality of the materials they use. They spend time looking for recyclable packaging, Eco-friendly suppliers or local producers. Where there is an over production of certain goods their is the likely hood of unethical sourcing. The better the materials, the better the end product.
5. HANDMADE IS SUPPORTIVE.
When buying a hand crafted item you are supporting the local economy, the local community and a real person. Each sale makes a huge difference in their lives. You are supporting a child going to school or a meal for their table, not a huge corporate brand.
6. HANDMADE CAN BE CUSTOMISED.
This is my favourite reason for buying hand-made. You can make it your own! Personalising your piece creates a feeling of pride that it is unique to you. Every artisan wants to see a happy customer. By helping create your very own bespoke item they attain this happiness.
7. HANDMADE HAS A STORY.
Hand crafted items are created under one roof, by one maker. By supporting the maker, you support their creativity and skill. You get to shake the hand of the creator of your beautiful piece. The Artisan has spent many nights learning a skill, perfecting a technique and pouring their passion into what they make. Your gift has a very special story of a lifetime woven into it.
8. HANDMADE KEEPS TRADITIONAL SKILLS AND CRAFTS ALIVE.
Yes, you support learning, creating and history by allowing craftsmen to practice, showcase and carry on traditions. We are a society that values the art and creativity and by buying handmade you support the continuation of the arts for the next generation.
9. HANDMADE IS UNIQUE.
Handmade is not mass produced. Each item is a unique display of craftsmanship. Each has their own character that is to be admired. When you buy handmade, you are buying a commitment of authenticity, a guarantee that no other piece will ever be the same.
10. HANDMADE IS BETTER FOR YOUR CONSCIENCE.
You are more aware of how your actions influence the bigger picture. Not supporting mass market products, unethical sourcing or low cost labour. You are supporting peoples livelihoods with a responsible decision to redistributing wealth.
BUT MOST OF ALL HANDMADE IS A COMMUNITY!