Monday, May 24, 2010

Why buy handmade?

As life-long 'arty' gals here at On Top of a Lily Pad (starting young as sketchers, then painters, then photographers, art history students, sewers, and now 'crafters') we've always made our own presents for family and friends. We really, truly and firmly believe in the significance of giving a handmade gift. And we're not alone! In the US a whole movement has been made up by craft lovers called buyhandmade.org - with its main result being Etsy.com.
The movement has three reasons why people should buy handmade:
1) it makes for better gift-giving, both in quality and satisfaction;
2) it is better for people, helping us reconnect with our culture, art history and family life; and
3) it is better for the environment, in terms of using natural materials and stopping mass synthetic productions.
Love it! We'd just add to this - 4) it supports small creative businesses and
5) handmade goods stand out and make a statement about being unique and proud!

Check out Topography on Etsy.com.


I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

4 comments:

  1. I am a complete handmade convert! I did all of my Christmas shopping etsy and alternative online stores. Love it! x

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  2. I love handmade. I can't do it, so I buy it. We are a match made in heaven!

    Thanks for Rewinding at the Fibro!

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  3. This is a great post. I am not in the least bit crafty but have often bought things from markets etc. Not too good at the online thing but will definitely be trying it out more this year. Good luck with your business!

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  4. Gorgeous stuff. I am with the Fibro lady - love handmade, but can't do it myself. I am going to bookmark you!

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