The only sensible choice
With the incredible amount of options consumers have out there now there are so many ways to spend your money it’s unbelievable. And with so many different people offering such vastly different products, it can be hard to know what’s best for you. When it comes to the concept of buying something that has been handmade, people often have some unfortunate misconceptions which means they miss out on absolutely fantastic items because of misinformation and prejudice. Hopefully through this article you will find the reasons to buy handmade and the reasons why it is so beneficial. Some misconceptions people have about handmade items might be;
- They’re too expensive
- They’ll be too brittle
- They’ll take too long to make
- They won’t last
- It won’t be what I really want
These are just a flavour of the objections that people often voice about the nature of handmade items and it is such a crying shame as there’s absolutely no basis for any of it, they’re all untrue. You’ve worked hard for your money, and naturally you want to put it to the best use and buy products that are actually worthy of your cash. So let’s examine five of the benefits of buying handmade, and hopefully you’ll see why it makes such a great choice.
Local economy – Buying handmade items will always serve to bolster local economies and with the world in the constantly shifting and highly precarious economic state that it’s in, that always makes sense to try and achieve. It makes sure that local artisans and craftsmen can continue to work, and when they buy their materials from other local vendors the positive effect of a sale will completely ripple through a whole community.
Quality – It’s highly ironic, albeit in a very sad way, that what is often thought to be a weakness of buying handmade is actually one of its most powerful strengths. When you spend something on a cheap item that has been stamped out of a production line, you’re spending your money on something that has been built to a cost, and with money saving corners cut absolutely everywhere. While handmade items often can’t compete with the incredibly low cost of a super cheap item stamped out by the million, they totally eclipse them in terms of quality. Artisans live or die by their business and their entire passion is devoted to it. As such every single item that leaves their store has to meet their own personal standards of quality. It’s easy to let quality slip when you’re safe behind the walls of a faceless corporation, but when your business consists of just you, the criticism will be very personal and you’ll go to any lengths to avoid it. Where a cheap mass-produced item may last a few months before breaking, if you buy handmade you buy for life.
Customisation – When you buy hand made, of course, you’re buying a product that will be made for you from the ground up, so you have the chance to push your own personality into it and make something incredibly unique! You’ll mostly be dealing directly with the person who will be making your item, so, you have the ability to alter parts of the design, colour and so on to fit your taste. Nearly all sellers offering handmade items will gladly customise them for you to make sure you’re getting exactly what you really want. With this customisation you get to invest a portion of your personality into your item, and as such you’re highly likely to treasure it over something you just plucked off a shelf that had been stamped out by the million.
Environmental – With the world the way it is, we’re all having to pull our weight a little more when it comes to making sure the products we buy are made as greenly as possible and to high standards of eco-responsibility. That’s what you get with a handmade item, because there is absolutely minimal wastage of materials (if any at all), there’s no huge factory, no smoke belching out into the sky, no delivery infrastructure making use of thousands of articulated vehicles. You just have one person, or a small handful of people, making your item and then sending it to you. Simple is best.
Personal Investment – This was mentioned in the ‘Customisation’ point as well, but here it’s coming from a different angle. There’s so much more personal satisfaction to be found with buying a handmade item, as both parties get something out of it. You get the satisfaction of knowing that you’re keeping a small, independent and passionate artisan in business, that you’re helping put a meal on their table and reward them for their hard work. They get the satisfaction of knowing that you have bought one of their items, that you love and that they were able to give you something that you absolutely treasure, that they were able to make something for you, and just for you. You just don’t get that level of involvement when buying on a big scale.
So there are five reasons why buying handmade makes so much sense. There are countless more, but it would take all day to list them. Buying handmade isn’t quite as cheap as buying some plastic rubbish that’s been dumped off a production line, sure, but when you consider the work that has gone into it, and the years of training to get the artisan to the level of ability that they are able to craft it at all, really, it’s an absolute steal. It’s an old adage, but it’s true. If you buy cheap, then you buy twice. There’s no reason that good quality has to cost the earth, but, when you consider how long that product will last you, the ever such a slight increase in cost to buy handmade products really doesn’t seem like such a bitter pill to swallow.