10 reasons to buy Handmade
I could easily list more than 10 reasons, because there are just so many! Here are my top reasons, why buying handmade is much better than commercially produced gifts. I’ve also included my favourite picks from sellers on Etsy Handmade to inspire you.
1. HANDMADE IS THOUGHTFUL.
2. HANDMADE IS HIGH QUALITY.
3. HANDMADE IS UNIQUE AND CUSTOMIZABLE.
Unlike gifts that are mass-produced, you will often find unique differences in each handmade item, which really makes the product and the purchase very special. Nobody in the whole world will have exactly the same item, and that’s pretty unique! My ceramics are also made to order and personalised to your specification.
4. THERE IS A STORY BEHIND EACH PRODUCT.
Each handmade product has it’s story, each handmade shop and the person who created it puts a lot of time and in to making something that’s unique, beautifully and made just for you.Hand crafted items are created under one roof, by one maker.
5. BUY HANDMADE DIRECT FROM THE MAKER.
It can’t be simplier than this. You buy directly from the person who makes your handmade gift. If you need to ask any question about the product (how to look after it or store) you will talk directly with the person who made it. They know their product inside out and will be able to give you the best advice.
6. HANDMADE KEEPS TRADITIONAL SKILLS AND CRAFTS ALIVE.
7.BUYING HANDMADE IS THE REAL THING.
Mass production is now turning to small crafters for help. High Street shops want their product to replicate the handmade feel, but it’s a fake. It’s not the real McCoy! However, they also recognise that people don’t want to live in bland, off-the-shelf environments. But rather than give you the real handmade object, they want to sell you a machine-produced copy. The difference can be likened to that between a diamond and a cubic zirconium. Both are good, but I know which one I would cherish a whole lot more.
8.BUYING HANDMADE SUPPORTS LOCAL PEOPLE.
Buying handmade supports local craft industries and people, wherever you buy it. The price you pay for it is exactly what you see – there are no hidden costs. The revenue stays within the country and people are not out of work but working in their business either as individuals or groups. Taxes are paid, money is generated and the overall impact on our economy is huge.
9.Buying handmade celebrates who we are.
Handmade is a celebration of our contemporary lives and our living culture – not a mass-imposed, one-size-fits-all consumer culture where everything looks the same and is easily boxed up. Each handmade item is about people and not machines. It’s about the time and effort that goes into each piece of work. It’s about the skill of each maker, the technical ingenuity of the maker, the magic of an individual’s imagination, and it’s a treasure on a beach of throwaway machine-made tat!
10. HANDMADE CAN BE CUSTOMISED.