Along with creating my own handmade jewelry line, I personally buy handmade whenever I can and for whatever excuse I can muster. There is something so much more significant, and meaningful about a handmade item that mass-produced products cannot even hold a candle to.
Reason 1: handmade items are unique. You won't be able to find the same beaded barrettes at the mall that you see in Megan's Beaded Designs. Same with the selection of earrings, bracelets, or headbands. When you shop handmade you can find items that are much more fitting to your personal sense of style.
Plus, (Reason 2) if you find some pieces that are almost-but-not-quite what you are looking for, you can always contact the artisan for a custom-designed piece, made especially for you. I'm always happy to re-create a necklace in a different color or length, or switch out the surgical steel hooks on a pair of earrings to clip ons or gold-plated findings.
Reason 3: Most handmade items are one-of-a-kind. There are several items at Megan's Beaded Designs that were created only once, and will never be re-created. That means the first person to call dibs, will be the only one to wear that piece of jewelry or that unique hair accessory ever. You won't run the risk of wearing the same thing as your sworn enemy when you run into her at the grocery store, plus, the bragging rights are pretty cool.
Oh you don't have one of these? That's too bad... I got the LAST ONE.
Reason 4: Handmade gifts will be cherished much more than your everyday birthday or Christmas present. Buying handmade is my secret weapon when it comes to gift-giving occasions. And who doesn't want to bring in the most awesome bridal show present, or watch their sister's eyes light up when she unwraps her new birthday surprise? A piece of jewelry that is simultaneously a work of hand-crafted art is getting a thank-you note. Dammit.
Reason 5: When you buy handmade, you are making a statement about where you spend your money. Every time you guise make a purchase from me, you're helping me pay my electrical bill and pay for my groceries (healthy juicing is expensive- yo!) But more importantly, you can be confident that your purchases are supporting an individual artist, rather than a greedy multinational cooperation with unfair labor practices and an excess of environmental waste. If that doesn't deserve a proverbial pat on the back, then I don't know what does!
Thank you for supporting handmade. You are much appreciated!