The Number One Reason Why We Buy Handmade

When I sat down at my computer to write this post, I stared at the blank page for almost an hour. Not because I had nothing to say, but because I have so many thoughts on a topic like this, I wanted to choose my words carefully.

The importance of buying handmade is not as cut and dry as it may seem on the surface. Although many people try to fit it neatly into whatever box happens to meet their agenda.

But the fact is… the real reasons why each one of us buys handmade goods is just as complex as the topic itself. There are a lot of layers to peel back. And everyone and their grandma has an opinion on the topic and their own set of reasons, as well they should. And guess what?

Each one of us has our own truth.

Yes, we all have our own reason(s) to support and contribute to this movement in arts and crafts. And it seems like some of us have forgotten that. So the one thing I want you to remember, in this amazing  journey we have all willingly embarked on, is this…

We all buy handmade for different reasons…

1. Some of us feel a sense of camaraderie and community when we purchase something that was made  by another individual.

2. Some of us prefer the quality of handmade goods to cheap, manufactured alternatives, and see buying handmade as a way  of quietly (or perhaps loudly) protesting mass produced goods.

3. Some of us believe in mindful spending: respecting every dollar as an extension of ourselves.

4. Some of us interpret our purchases as a means of support and love for another.

5. Some of us like the originality and authenticity found in handmade goods.

6. Some of us like it “just because”.

7. Some of us follow the eco craft theory (thanks pns reader Amina for sending the link).

8. And some of us believe everything above is true.

But do you want to know the best part about those reason listed above, and even the reasons that aren’t listed?

No one reason is more right or wrong than another.

So although this post is actually called ‘The number one reason why we buy handmade‘, there is no number one reason. That’s right. There is no one, singular, definitive reason to reject the mass market of mediocrity in favor of handmade goods. There are MANY.

And my reason is just as good as yours. Your reason is just as good as mineAnd there is enough room for everyone’s thoughts and opinions.

image above book planter by M JPorter Design

31 comments | Click here to reply

Thanks for your thoughtful response Linda. I greatly appreciate your input. You bring up a very good point about relating handmade to food. So true! Eating healthy and/or organic costs more, but what you get in return (the nutrition it provides for your body and mind) well outweighs the price. And handmade is very similar in that way.
-Brittni

papernstitch

great post today brittni! i really admire your perspective and openness on topics like this.

i think buying handmade items…is pretty comparable to choosing to eat healthier…locally grown…food. yes, it’s more expensive, but the value of owning something handmade and knowing that it’s not massed produced eventually outweighs the cost. same with food. it’s more expensive to eat healthy, but people tend to live happier, healthier lives down the road when they’re not stuffing themselves with fatty foods all the time (but i’m not saying it’s horrific either..cuz i sure as well know that i sometimes can’t resist the craving of a nice and greasy burger), but you get my point. haha..

hope your week is going well!

linda

Great article. I like to support people that have a passion.

Tammy

“I support the handmade community because it supports me” Yep! Another good one Mai!
-Brittni

papernstitch

What a fabulous post. I agree with many comments that have been made. I like what Natalie above said–it’s just “fun!” I also appreciate Jamie’s thoughtful comment. I know as a creative entrepreneur myself, I support the handmade community because it supports me. I wholeheartedly believe in the handmade movement and am awe-inspired to be a part of it.

Mai

You are so right Michelle. It can be scary for some people to make that leap. And I do feel that it is our duty to educate those people and let them know the MANY (not one) reasons to buy handmade goods and support small businesses.
-Brittni

papernstitch

Thank you so much for posting this – I can’t agree more. Buying handmade is a very personal process. It’s taking that leap away from what you know and have always know, buying mass-prouced goods. And that’s scary for some people! I would never want to force anyone to buy my products, just because I make them by hand. Education is key, so thanks again for enlightening us. 🙂

Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL

I like that thought Jaime, “supporting the dreams of creative individuals”. Very well said. Thanks for stopping by and adding to the dialogue!
-Brttni

papernstitch

Funny that you’re posting this now, since I was thinking about this topic very recently! Among the several reasons I buy handmade, two of the biggest reasons are these:

I want to support talented people who are passionate, thoughtful of their art, and more often than not have spent years laboring away working a job they hate while doing their true passion on the side. I think it’s important to support the dreams of creative individuals, be it an online shop, building a massive tree fort, sailing around the world (which is the reason I have my shop) or simply the dream of being able to be your own boss. Every penny counts for these handmade sellers – especially those of us trying to pay off expensive school debt while surviving from day to day!

I say this because I speak from my own experience – I support handmade to pay it forward. I hope that this type of love and support will make its way back to my life, will be reflected in sales from people with a similar mindset. People who want to see me succeed, share beauty and inspire.

jamie | sharks keep moving

Great thoughts Mesas de dulces and Chris! Thanks for stopping by.

papernstitch

Thank you for submitting a well balanced article.
It is nice to hear someone appreciating others opinions and choices. Choice and opinion are two privileges of the American system which are often over looked and ignored.

Chris

Handmade is often a way to express things that are hard to put down in words. It is a wonderful way to connect to the other person, because handmade means something made with love, with the heart and where emotions are involved.

Mesas de dulces

Exactly Thezenofmaking! Thank you (and Jordan) for stopping by!
-Brittni

papernstitch

Absolutely! If you support handmade, no matter what your reason, it’s still awesome, helpful, and good for the community.

thezenofmaking

So true lady, so true!

Jordan

That’s a great reason Natalie. And a very good point. Those handwritten notes and occasional freebies make us feel more connected to the person(s) on the other side of the “line”. Don’t they?
-Brittni

papernstitch

Not on the list, and maybe not a #1 reason, but a nice perk: the handwritten notes, little freebies, and unique business cards! So much more fun and personal than a plain old packing list or receipt!

Natalie

Thanks Michele and Erin for stopping by!

papernstitch

My reason to buy handmade is just as good as yours and you’ve summed it up nicely in your final sentences today. That is, to reject the mass market of mediocrity.

Michele

🙂 so true

erin * sparkle & hay
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