Buying Handmade is the Answer to World Peace!

Buying Handmade is the Answer to World Peace!

Well, maybe that’s stretching it a bit but the benefits of buying handmade products are real and powerful.

And there’s growing evidence that consumers are embracing these benefits and making the decision to buy handmade now more than ever.


According to a recent survey by the Association for Creative Industries, U.S. sales of craft-related products have increased by 45% from 2011 to 2017 to a staggering total of $43.9 billion!  And articles from The Seattle Post, Harvard Business Review, Small Business Trends and more tout the growing trend in buying handmade.


So what’s behind this trend and why are so many people choosing to buy handmade?  At McVicker Street we have compiled our own list of the top reasons consumers are making the decision to buy handmade.


Reasons to Buy Handmade


Support small businesses and local economy - Every buying decision that you make has an impact and creates an opportunity to help shape the economy and culture that you live in.  Buying handmade products from a maker or artisan helps to support their business and keep their craft alive.  Small businesses make up 46% of the U.S. GDP according to the Small Business Administration and a healthy small business community is critical to our overall economy


Superior product quality – Handmade items have earned a reputation for being higher quality than mass-produced items and for good reason:  They are made by makers who love what they do and who rely on word-of-mouth and a loyal customer base to survive.  Buying from an experienced maker ensures that their product quality has withstood the test of time


Handmade items are unique – Owning a one-of-a-kind item adds to the experience of using the item and allows you to express who you are.  Each item has a story that you can share with friends and family


Buying handmade allows you to meet the maker – Every maker has a unique story about how they learned their craft, how they started their business, and why they made the specific item that you purchased.  Getting to know the makers adds to the experience when you use the item and provides a sense of a good deed done knowing that your purchase helped to support their business


Handmade items are made from the heart with passion – Most of the makers you meet don't just do it for the money.  They make and sell their products out of passion and out of the joy of sharing their craft and products with others


Handmade items are sustainable – Synonymous with the trend in buying handmade has been an interest in buying environmentally friendly and healthy products from producers that provide fair wages to their workers.  Many makers share and express these values in the products they make


Buying handmade brings you joy – Knowing that you purchased a high-quality one-of-a-kind item from a maker that shares your values and creates products with love and passion…  That’s joy!


We would love to hear the reasons why you buy handmade.  Please share them in the comments below.