5 Reasons to Buy Artisan or Handmade Products
The marvels of the digital age have made it easier than ever to find and purchase any product online, but with that convenience often comes a noticeable lack in quality. Mass-produced items are designed to be fabricated and shipped quickly without any real thought to durability or creativity. When you choose instead to shop artisanal or handmade products made right here in Australia, you will find that the quality and uniqueness of the items is often incomparable. There are numerous benefits to buying local handmade and artisan products that people tend to overlook.
1. Pride of Ownership in Genuine Authenticity
Artisan products are by definition anything, food or otherwise, that are handcrafted by a skilled craftsman or worker. Because many artisan products are carefully and individually made, they not only are of higher quality, but also have a certain degree of authenticity. The authenticity means that they are regarded as being superior and having more value than their mass-produced alternatives. As such, it’s easy to feel a sense of pride in owning something that was painstakingly and lovingly crafted by someone with a genuine love of their craft.
Artisan jewellery is often quite authentic, particular when each piece is made to stand alone. Many of FunkyFunYou’s handcrafted resin jewellery is entirely unique and in addition to being joyously colourful and vibrant, also tells a story with each piece.
2. Supporting Local Artists and Local Economy
Another good reason for buying handmade and artisan products in Australia is that by doing so, you are directly supporting an Australian based artist. Even if the shop you buy from isn’t located down the street from you, your money will be staying in the Australian economy rather than going to huge international businesses that mass-produce items. Buying even one item from an Australian artisan is making a difference both to them and to our local economy.
Purchasing local handmade products is not just about the monetary value, either. Every time you buy from an artisan, you are showing them that you appreciate and admire their products and their skill. Buying from them grants them confidence and the inspiration to keep doing what they are doing.
3. Each Item Has Its Own Backstory
Artisan products are unique not only because they are handmade, but because plenty of them come with a story. Much of Line for a Walk’s artwork is inspired by and influenced by the artist’s love of the sea and seascapes, a fact that transmits clearly in their vibrant, whimsical images. When you buy from a large global company, you are getting a product without any soul. Buying from local artisans instead guarantees that regardless of what you’re buying, you’re getting something that was made with love and passion.
4. Handcrafted and Artisan Products Can Better Suit Your Needs
Mass produce products often tend to meet the bare minimum in quality. In some situations, the bare minimum just doesn’t suffice. For example, if you have a love of cooking and need premium ingredients for your meals, you’ll want products that are fresh and high quality. Not Without Spice offers spice packages that are hand blended, fresh, and filled to the brim with rich flavours in contrast to grocery store spice packages that have sat on a shelf for weeks or months.
5. Keep Buying Local Handmade or Artisan
Handmade and artisan products are wonderful in a myriad different ways. They allow you to express yourself due to their unique nature, they can improve your own hobbies with their freshness and flavour, and by purchasing them you are helping to support the local artisan community. While it’s easy to shop online to find almost anything, products that are truly worth your time and money are to be found right here in Australia’s artisan shops.