5 undisputable advantages of handmade products

Updated: 5 days ago

2. went to bed first on car trips because my spot was our station wagon's back seat. Before my parents could hang the upper bunk for my sister across the top of the front and middle seats, I had to be in place.

I never saw another bunk like that because my Dad made it. It was unique. That bunk bed was functional, made with pride, tailored to its space, and I was jealous. These are the qualities I see in handmade goods.

Handmade advantages over mass-produced alternatives

  • uniqueness

  • artisan pride

  • quality

  • slower production: time to get things right

  • customization

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1. Uniqueness

Uniqueness is probably the number one reason I look for handmade anything. In a Pottery-Barn-RH World, it is nice to stumble upon work I haven't already seen somewhere else, like a secret cache.

2. Connection

Small shop artists have a personal connection to their work. That connection creates something more potent than any guarantee: pride.

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3. Artisan quality

Handmade, done well, allows for a trait that mass-production cannot accommodate: patience. The best artisans work slowly, in focus, and with patience to build quality that lasts. Skills build over a lifetime and become layered, better with time. I appreciate the value of something made one at a time.

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4. Supporting Small Connects Me to a Larger World

While much of our world still make what they need, my own culture needs more Makers. In my country, handmade products provide an opportunity for us to rediscover what it is to make something of quality with pride. Buying handmade is a vote for this very human practice.

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5. Customization

Nothing is more wearable than something that fits. Necklaces must fit a specific body, draping to just-so lengths. One of my closest friends is 5'10" and has the elegant body of the dancer she was trained to be. We worked together to make a long necklace that frames her lithe torso, and it made all the difference.28

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