Surely when you read this post, you have already seen some handmade item. It is difficult not to have seen one at artisan fairs, local stores or social networks. And probably you have already noticed one thing: crafts are very special items. Behind each of them there is no brand that analyzes the trends and offers you the items you know you are going to buy, but a craftsman or artisan who only wants to offer you his work.
It is an alternative form of commerce in which profits are not sought, but to be able to live from a passion. The artisans invest many hours and a lot of work in accomplishing something that a large company would only take a few hours.
This is why I define myself as an artisan. I do not pretend to do things because they are fashionable or trending topic in social networks. I do things that I like to do in the best way that I know and I offer them to whoever wants them. But this post is not about me, not even about artisans. It is a brief analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of buying crafts.
Advantages of buying crafts
You contribute to the work of craftsman or craftswoman
Getting profitable to devote to crafts is essential to be able to dedicate to it. Therefore, when you buy from an artisan, you are contributing to his work. Also to improve their materials and their tools to be able to offer every time the best quality available.
In addition, most craft purchases are made to artisans from the same country. That is, regardless of the above, you are helping to redistribute wealth. Keep in mind that most supermarkets and multinationals do not tax in the country where you reside (they usually do it in a “tax-haven”), which means that the money comes out (and does not come back in any way) from the country.
Maybe buying crafts is a small way to change the world for the better, and it is only one step of the many that can be given, but it is a step that you can feel very proud of.
You buy an exclusive article
The handmade items are unique. No two are exactly the same, even if the artisan pretends to be like that. It is impossible. And, if this does not seem enough, you can always ask the craftsman or craftswoman for some special personalization that will make it completely unique and exclusive, made only for you.
Although, in reality, you do not buy only “one item”. You buy a piece of the heart of the craftsman, a piece of history behind him or her, a lot of illusions, tests and trials, a lot of hours of work and a lot, but that much, honey.
Disadvantages of buying handmade
The main problem of buying handmade items is having to wait for the craftswoman or craftsman to make them. Usually these times are usually only a few days. However, depending on the industriousness, quantity of items purchased, or availability of materials, it could be extended to longer periods.
The best idea is to use common sense and, if you are going to place an order of large quantities, with special customizations or need the crafts for a specific date, ask the seller before placing the order.
Doubts about quality
When buying crafts, it is logical to want the highest quality. The quality of the materials and the final result is fundamental. It is difficult to appreciate something like the quality of materials simply by looking at a photograph of an article. For example: a handmade shirt. When seeing a photograph, it will be appreciated that the final appearance is perfect, but it can not be known if the quality of the thread with which it has been stitched will withstand the use. While being able to touch the article, it is difficult to deduce these aspects. So how can we trust the quality of the crafts?
From experience, I can assure that craftsmen and craftswomen use high quality materials. Keep in mind that behind each craft item there are countless sketches, prototypes, changes and, above all, proofs. Any experienced craftsman has already realized what materials perform best in these tests. In addition, the realization of these tests, has led him to look for materials that provide better performance, durability, appearance, etc., in short, higher quality materials.
So, the next time you ask yourself if a craft is quality, you just have to look at the experience of the artisan. If you have experience in the techniques and materials you use and have made several articles, you can trust that your work and materials are of quality.
Having seen, only one thing remains to conclude: buying crafts you are buying a handmade item exclusively for you, besides being contributing to create a better world, you just have to wait for the craftsman to make it. Worth it? I think so. So the next time you consider buying a craft, remember everything it means.
If you have never bought a craft, look for artisans from your country and take a look at what they do. You can also visit popular fairs, where there is usually a craft stall. You can also ask your friends and family to see what artisans or artisans know. Surely you find something that you love and, if not, you can order it. I encourage you to buy handcrafted items, at least once, in this year 2019 that has just begun.