Please read the following from Megan’s Beaded Designs. . . it perfectly sums up why I buy local/handmade.
I buy handmade whenever I can and for whatever excuse I can muster. There is something so much more special, and meaningful about a handmade item that mass-produced products can not hold a candle to.
For starters, handmade items are unique. I can find items by handmade artisans that I could not locate at the local mall for the life of me. I can find items that are more suited to my particular, unusual brand of style. (Part Gothic chic, part Disney princess, and part vintage business woman – as best as I can describe it.) If I can’t find anything exactly suited, then I can easily contact the artists who make stuff that similar but just NOT QUITE what I’m looking for and request that they can make it for me. Many a time I get asked if I can make a certain pair of earrings for a customer…
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