- For every $100 spent at a locally owned business $45 goes back into the community and our tax base.
- For every $100 spent at a chain store only $14 comes back.
Handmade goods are unique, high quality and set trends. It also makes for better gift-giving.
The giver has avoided the parking and long lines of the big chain stores. The recipient receives something that is the result of skill and craftsmanship, absent in the world of large-scale manufacturing.
The rise of the chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike.
We are encouraged to be consumers, not producers, of our own culture. Our ties to the local and human sources of our goods have been lost. Buying handmade helps us reconnect.
The accumulating environmental effects of mass production are a major cause of global warming and the poisoning of our air, water and soil. Every item you make or purchase from a small-scale independent artist or crafter strikes a small blow to the forces of mass production. If we all bought handmade, could you imagine the impact this would make in our environment?…in our lives?
In a world that is becoming socially, environmentally and humanely more conscious, are you a consumer or a producer?