I’ve always been fascinated by handmade products. They have this certain je nes se quoi appeal.
One, they can’t just be found anywhere or have thousands of the exact same item; and two, their craftmanship is oftentimes of higher quality than commercial products. Plus, each item is made with the artisan’s personal stamp — passion and spirit poured into the making of each one.
Then there is that mindful spending to take into consideration. Each dollar we spend is, after all, an extension of ourselves. And if you’re into sustainable living as we are over here, buying handmade products supports the eco-craft theory, too.
For those of you who would like to start buying or buy more handmade items, you can go to local farmers markets or craft markets. Online, here are some stores you can shop from:
MadeIt – a handmade store that’s open all day, all the time offering various items from hundreds of sellers
Hand-Made.com.au – where you can place to buy and sell all things hand-made, vintage upcycled and supplies
Mums Who Make – the place to find creators of handmade products in Australia, craft supplies, craft classes, markets, and retail outlets
Handmade Cooperative – Australian handmade items for kids
Oz Handmade – handmade items for everyone of any age, for all occasions
Georgie Love – handmade delights from independent and emerging artists from Australia
Handmade products are perfect for gifts for any occasion and a good way to give unique Christmas pressies that won’t be heavy on your pocket. And yes, you can buy some for your own use, too. What’s more, you get to help small businesses and crafty artisans in the process.
Image: Made It