Cambria said it well, and I agree: buying handmade makes me feel good. I feel good when I hand over my hard earned cash to someone who has invested their time and talents into making something beautiful. What I wonder is if where you buy it is important?
With a growing interest in the handmade movement, both independent and corporate retailers are making it accessible to the masses. I applaud companies like West Elm, CB2, and Anthropologie that are supporting artists by including handmade goods from local and global artisans in their collections instead of knocking them off. That said, I don't think to shop major retailers when looking for handcrafted products. For me, part of buying handmade is interacting directly with the people who are making it, so I generally search flea markets or online shops like Etsy. I also find buying handmade is a way I connect with my community, so I often buy from neighborhood stores that sell locally crafted products.
Where do you buy handmade? Does where it's made make a difference?
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