Buying handmade can become a total lifestyle choice. Choosing to buy handmade is just like choosing to buy local produce. You simply cannot compare mass produced products to artisan created goods in terms of inspiration, quality, and attention to detail.
I love to frequent our local farmers market for that very reason. One item I particularly enjoy is an Herbs de Provence chevre made by MiaBella Farm. This stuff is simply amazing and I can definitely tell the difference in quality, texture, and taste when compared to regular supermarket brands.
|Chocolate Chip Buttercream Cookie-wich by Tookies on Etsy
The same is true for many other handcrafted items. The raw materials are better, the workmanship is superior, and the finished product is truly something to be treasured and enjoyed.
There is also an undeniable, irreplaceable element of the designer or producer in every handcrafted item – a spirit and soul that stamps each item in a way that mainstream production cannot replicate.
In addition, many artisans welcome the opportunity to use their creativity and skill to create items that are custom, one of a kind, and uniquely personalized.
Buying handmade is also a tremendous boost to small business and to the economy as a whole. It’s small businesses that are the backbone of our economy. We need thriving small businesses in order for everyone to prosper. This certainly plays into our local markets, but in this day and age of global integration, the world economy can benefit as well.
With global, online marketplaces, the sky is the limit for sellers desiring to reach new audiences and for buyers wanting to purchase quality handmade items outside of their local markets.
|Leather and Rhinestone Cuff by Sayagdis on Etsy
I have had the opportunity to connect with sellers and buyers from all over the world who have a common vision for global exchange of ideas, design inspiration, and who are passionate about the growing interest in buying handmade and supporting small businesses.
If you are interested in buying handmade, summer is a great time to start with all of the craft and community festivals, art shows, farmer’s markets, and open air events. Make sure to check out activities in your area.
There are also some great online venues for buying handmade items. Here are just a few:
Deviant Art is a great place to browse and purchase art and artisan crafts
Etsy is a global online marketplace where you can buy and sell handmade and vintage items
Artfire is another premier artisan marketplace for buying and selling handmade
Made It Myself is a smaller site, but full of great talent
I Shop Indie is a fantastic site where your will find more terrific items
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