|Why buy handmade? There are so many reasons!
1). Buying Handmade makes for better gift-giving.
The giver of a handmade gift has avoided the parking lots and long lines of the big chain stores in favor of something more meaningful. If the giver has purchased the gift, s/he feels the satisfaction of supporting an artist or crafter directly. The recipient of the handmade gift receives something that is one-of-a-kind, and made with care and attention that can
be seen and touched. It is the result of skill and craftsmanship that is absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing.
2). Buying handmade is better for people.
The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. We are encouraged to be consumers, not producers, of our own culture. Our ties to the local and human sources of our goods have been lost. Buying handmade helps us reconnect.
3). Buying handmade is better for the environment.
The accumulating environmental effects of mass production are a major cause of global warming and the poisoning of our air, water and soil. Every item you make or purchase from a small-scale independent artist or crafter strikes a small blow to the forces of mass production.
More Substantial Reasons to Buy Handmade...
We feature only Handmade Baby Gifts for several reasons,...Here are some of the things to consider when choosing an item for your own baby or for a baby gift.
4). Handmade Baby Gifts are Unique.
Who wants to show up to a shower with the same blanket as another guest? Or visit a friend's nursery and see that she has the same crib set as your baby? The problem with having just a few large baby stores available is that everyone ends up with the same items. Having a baby is such a precious time - it is worth finding something unique and special.
5). Support woman-owned businesses and work-at-home-moms.
Almost all handmade baby items are made by women. It feels great to support them in their craft while taking home something wonderful for yourself. Yes, you may be able to find something cheaper at a large chain store, but the profits from that purchase will go to a large manufacturer instead of a hard-working individual artisan.
6). Choose Quality.
Artisans who make things by hand have an amazing attention to detail. Baby items that are handcrafted tend to be of a higher quality and last longer than things that you would find in a local store. These are the kinds of items that become family heirlooms.