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

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Great comments. I am so happy to hear that there are people who love handmade items. Living for a purpose it also important. It means that you matter and that you have made a change for that artisan. When you buy handmade it’s like saying a silent thank-you from them to you.

Segundo (@theincabag)

I stand with “originality.” I keep an eye on a few fashion blogs and can’t help but cringe when I see one publish a “must-have” or “obsessing over” post featuring the object of desire on the wrist or ears or neck of a colleague who made the same post featuring the same item on another colleague who also posted the same of a different colleague. Even if the item is gorgeous in design and presentation, all I can think is “why?” when there are so many unique options in the world.

I have tried, several times, to duplicate a few of my more popular designs, but the joy of creating something special isn’t as exciting when I try to duplicate another piece. Duplicate projects almost always end up sitting for weeks, unfinished, before being torn-down and returned to supply compartments.

We all have heard just be yourself our entire lives. Why wouldn’t that apply that expression to the things we own from art, to furniture, to linens, clothing, jewelry, journals, and even keychains? Handmade gives us the ability to express the uniqueness being the only “me” there is.

Kate

For me, it’s the originality. You can get things handmade that you would NEVER find in a shop. That’s what really draws me towards it. That an individuality – I know when I’m wearing some handmade clothing and accessories out of the house that I’m likely the only person wearing them, and in some cases, I am the only one that owns them! And if someone does have the same piece, I know where it came from, and I feel a great deal of respect for that person. I carry the business cards of the shops that I got the items from if I’m wearing them out to a social place, just in case! I only hope others may do the same for me!

Kim Wedlock

I was just writing an article about this myself. And even though I haven’t posted mine yet, it will probably echo yours. I have 3 girls I make clothing for, but ironically began sewing at first for my son. I think handmade clothing are absolutely awesome! They showcase the uniqueness and creativity of a person, and no store can rival that!

TailormadeGirl

Continue to encourage creative consciousness and consumer consciousness. This world needs more of both.

ACL Handweaver

Thanks, Brittni, for doing a post with a topic close to all our hearts!

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I find in handmade stuff a source of inspiration, and respect to all of these people that made it possible. I started realizing that not so long ago (it’s a pity I didn’t realized it earlier) and now I’m loving it 🙂

Sasa

Buying a handmade craft is like buying directly from the maker. Every handmade craft shares a story. It adds an interest to itself.

ihandmade101

lovely post and even lovelier comments, i especially liked vanessa’s.”my heart is handmade 100%”so cool..

maslinda

I agree with every point you’ve raised about buying handmade. I put my money where my mouth is and support local and international artists I admire. It’s a win-win, you support a talented artist and receive something unique that’s far superior to ubiquitous retail store offerings.

It’s up to you to support the art and handmade products you love.

I could go on and on, I’ll just finish with saying my heart is in handmade 100%.

Vanessa
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