70 Reasons to buy handmade +vintage Part 1

bliss in a teacupblissinateacup.etsy.comNo. 1. help contribute to establishing a new economic model, Sonja Ahlers

This month, to accompany our Home Sweet Home Market, we bring you 70 reasons to buy handmade (and vintage). Why 70 you ask? There are 70 participants in our market, with 70 amazing items that no one else has! One-of-a-kind items, limited editions or at least not mass produced! This will be a continuing post we will be happy to provide throughout the market month. Accompanying these beautiful products are 70 reasons we pulled from our 101 Reasons to Buy Handmade campaign we published last fall where we asked artists, designers and crafters their reasons to buy handmade.

vintage and art goodiesvintagegoodies.etsy.comNo. 2. You can be proud knowing that you're supporting small businesses, Avril Loreti

sycamore street presssycamorestreetpress.comNo. 3. Handmade products are more than just a product. There is love, creativity and uniqueness. And that shows. Stiksel

berdandbeeberdandbee.etsy.comNo. 4. To support the idea that something made from hand from a fellow human is a little more precious than the something which is not. Susan Schwake, artstream gallery

jewelweedsjewelweeds.etsy.comNo. 5. Not only are you receiving a beautiful creation made with genuine love and care, but when you are by buying handmade, you are also supporting and BECOMING part of the dream of: freedom, financial independence, being in charge of your own moral compass, having a daily life's purpose, experiencing more joy, all as a result of doing work you truly love. There's nothing better. Creative Thursday

eikameikcam.etsy.comNo. 6. It builds community. Michael McDowell, mudpuppy

chakra pennywhistlechakrapennywhistle.etsy.comNo. 7. Because handmade items are what your Great Great Grandma used to buy. Susy Jack*

To be continued...

Jan Halvarson

24 comments:

Di Overton said...

An admirable post.

greavesdesign said...

extremely well said.
(from someone that has both a vintage & handmade small business)!

Pretty Neat Designs said...

If it was good enough for a great great grandmother, then say no more!

Katy McDevitt said...

Oooh, that wall clock idea is just brilliant.

found paper co. said...

What a lovely idea for a series. Great start! I can't wait to see the remaining 63.

Laura said...

I love the product shots and especially the one from Jewelweeds with the pillows just causally sitting on the wood.

Chakra Pennywhistle said...

I am so thankful to be a part of this community. What a wonderful post!

lyndsay said...

you're the BEST jan!! love that canvas coin bag turned into a pillow!

amelia said...

sycamore street is quickly becoming my fave letterpress store on the NET.

Absolutely Small said...

I so agree! This is such a lovely post. (And full of such lovely goods!)

vicki (simply hue) said...

Thanks for sharing these great shops with us. I'm off to take a look. Btw, your blog is very inspiring and fun to visit!

Hansen Soap Co. said...

Love this!! A wonderful piece for buying handmade :)

sue@solsticehome said...

nicely done..can not wait for the rest

V A R I E G A T E D said...

Handmade and vintage items tell stories. They carry the story of the maker or previous user and they become a blank canvas for the stories of the new owner.

clee said...

Beautiful!

Lyndsay @ LouLouBell said...

So nice, perfectly said : )

Luttrell Studio said...

Wonderful! Great items to illustrate a great idea!

Mandy and Julie said...

Your article provides fresh inspiration to share with our young daughters....the driving force behind starting our little business a year ago. Thank you Jan!

ColleenBaran said...

Wonderful!

It's a delight to revisit these accompanied by charming curated images.

Wendren said...

I love Chakrapennywhistle's stuff. Gorgeous.

Lynne said...

Love love love that clock...

Eva / Sycamore Street Press said...

love all these items and comments. inspiring! (and thanks for featuring one of our prints:)

AphroChic said...

I love the berdandbee cup. I have a complete cup obsession, and this one will definitely find a way into my collection.

jan said...

Thank you everyone for your thoughts, contributions and kind words! It's inspiring!

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