When I want to buy something for someone, I want it to be special. I’m going to spend money, and that’s fine, especially on the ones I love. But I want my money to go to something different, something that not everyone else can buy just by going to a big box store or ordering from a giant e-commerce site.
So, here are four reasons why I think it’s more meaningful to buy handmade products, rather than something you or I could find at any store.
When you buy a handmade item, it always has a story behind it. Handmade items can’t be mass-produced, so you know that each one is an individual. Even the flaws in the items tell a story. They are made with unique skills and the designers simply want to share them with the world. Not only that, but it’s good to find out the maker’s story. It makes you feel as if you know them when you buy their product.
Handmade products are far more likely to be better quality than anything you’ll find in a retail store. Retailers mass-purchase items, meaning they want the best deal possible. They’re willing to sacrifice quality for quantity.
Not so with handmade items.
Each product is hand-stitched, using high-quality materials and nothing less. Makers will even tell you exactly what you’re getting so there are no surprises. The quality and effort that goes into these items make many of them BIFL, giving you a greater return on your money.
Most handmade artisans can personalize your item with anything you want. Names, dates, initials...almost anything you’d like.
If you want a wallet for your SO to show the date you two met, no problem! Maybe you want a purse for your mom that says how much you love and appreciate her? Done!
Some designers offer a variety of patterns, colors, even stuff from famous television shows and movies. This is perfect when you want that special gift for your friends or family.
Supporting a Family Business
I started this business on my kitchen table, and now I have a workshop that is all done by me and my family and friends. We aren’t a big box corporation. We aren’t nameless and faceless people. And we appreciate your support. We take a lot of pride in what we do and nothing leaves our workshop unless we know it's perfect. And I would say that pretty much all artisans who handcraft their items could tell a similar story.
When you buy handcrafted items, you know that you’re supporting someone who is doing what they love – living their dream.