Why buy handcrafted goods
Why buy handcrafted goods instead of mass produced goods?
This is a question you probably never even thought about, but as an Artisan myself I see there is absolutely no comparison between the two. These are the reasons I believe are the benefits of putting your hard earned dollars into handcrafted products.
Benefits of buying handcrafted goods
- By buying handcrafted goods you are supporting an artisan that has put many hours into something they are passionate about.
- We love what we do and it shows on the end product.
- Artisans take a great deal of pride in doing what we do, whether it is making a hand poured candle or crafting a beautiful piece of furniture.
- Handcrafted products generally are of a higher quality and more attention is spent in the details.
- You are supporting local economy.
- You are not only purchasing a product you are purchasing years of trial and error, practising and mastering a skill. You are buying a piece of the artist. You are supporting the love, sweat, tears, future, family, confidence, mind, body and soul of that person. It creates an amazing relationship between 2 people: the buyer and seller. You are not just a customer, you are a supporter, a fan, a collector of art.
When dealing with an artisan, often your purchase can be customised to meet your particular needs.
- Dealing with an artisan you make a connection with the maker and learn the back story of the product. It is lovely to know where, how and by who something was made.
- Handcrafted objects are authentic are therefore are more highly valued. Highly valued goods don’t generally end up in charity shops or land fill, they become family heirlooms.
- You get to know the story; whether it’s about the maker, the material used, or the origin, it adds more interest to the item itself. Knowing this increases one’s appreciation of the object and decreases the likelihood of throwing it away.
- Work done by hand takes less energy than a mass production assembly line, which makes it more environmentally sustainable. This is particularly true if the commercial good is produced overseas and needs to be shipped a very long distance to reach the consumer.
- Handcrafted items are often comparably priced to mass produced. The cost of mass produced goods is very small, however by the time it changes hands from manufacture to distributors to wholesalers to retailers the price is increased exponentially.
- Artisans generally will buy supplies locally and spend their earnings locally.
- By buying handcrafted goods you are supporting skills that are being lost to production lines.
- Products are original, unique and individual.
- A lot of crafts people like to use recycled and eco friendly resources in their work.