My thoughts on buying directly from an artist or craftsman...just my 2 cents, for what its worth if anyone really reads this.
If you buy handmade you are helping to support someone and their career, which translates into that person being able to pay their bills and support their family. Know that when you buy something that is created by an artist/craftsman, you are getting something that is handcrafted, usually one of a kind, and not shipped from a foreign country. (I am not talking about children's craft or hobby craft, but a dedicated artist/craftsman) And the artist appreciates customers who support them and are willing to pay them for their skill. And many times you can get an original work of art, jewelry, pottery, or even clothing, for the same price or close to it, as what you would pay in a nice store. Now if you go to a discount store, you will get inexpensive and cheap...and probably made in China or India. Buying from or hiring an artist, is no different than hiring a contractor to remodel or fix something in your home. You hire someone who you know does good quality work and you pay them what they charge. They have the training and experience to do a good job, so you pay them what they are worth. An artist puts many hours into training, practice, and working on their
Time flies! If it doesn't, then you are not having fun! Make the most of every minute with whatever you enjoy doing. And try to buy something handcrafted from someone you may know this year.
Thank you for supporting handcrafted!Beth ♥