A Business Plan Break – Why Buy Handmade?

I admit, I am NOT a business person.  I do whatever I need to do to make sure my business will run smoothly, but my business posts are a bit dry, if you know what I mean.  So forgive me for interspersing non-business posts along with the business ones – if I didn’t do so, my head would explode.

Browsing my friend Dee’s blog the other day I noticed a series of articles she had written on buying handmade along with her pledge to buy handmade.

I always prefer to buy handmade items, but never really thought about the why.  To me, handmade articles are always more beautiful than pieces churned out by factories.  Whether one is working with gemstones, pottery glazes, paints or paper, no two handmade pieces are ever the same.  Handmade takes thought, passion and yes, I think love.  I know I sometimes spend hours pondering a design question, trying different options until I find the one that is exactly right.  I’m sure most artisans are the same way.

Dee's Kaleidoscope of Life

Dee's Kaleidoscope of Life

I’m a big fan of color and love this bracelet, handmade by Dee, owner of Runako Designs.  The colored beads are handmade of recycled paper by women in Uganda, through Beads For Life.  The silver in the bracelet is handmade by artisans in Thailand and is also Fair Trade Certified.  Everything is handmade.  Other bracelets may look similar, but this is the only one that will ever look exactly like this.

Dee and I share a common belief in giving back – one way Dee is doing this is by donating half the profit of each Kaleidoscope of Life bracelet back to Beads For Life.  Click on the photo to find out more about this special fundraiser.  While you are at it, explore Dee’s site a bit – she finds inspiration in nature and ethnic beauty.  Even though our jewelry making styles are very different, I truly enjoy her work and love the beautiful Kazuri beads she uses.

Handmade is custom, handmade is unique, handmade helps the local economy – all the things you won’t find in a big box store.

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One Response to A Business Plan Break – Why Buy Handmade?

  1. Dee March 7, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    Thanks for the article Maria, this has become one of my favorite designs, and most complimented.