While reading through Etsy’s forums today, I came across this great article:
It talks about the real cost of buying handmade, and makes some excellent points. It really resonated with me.
I have been questioned at times (even by my mum) about the price of my jewellery. Some of it does seem expensive! The cheapest item in my store is around $10USD. And the most expensive hover around the $150-200USD mark. Why would I charge this much when you can go to Diva and buy something of similar design for a fraction of the price? Because quality jewellery is damned expensive to make!
I have hundreds of dollars (thousands maybe?) worth of tools, silver, beads, hammers etc all hanging around the house (but no, it’s not worth stealing!). And I do factor in time costs when pricing my jewellery – but this is by far the smallest proportion of the end price.
So why bother doing it? I sure as hell don’t sell enough to quit my day job. BECAUSE I LOVE IT. I go to my happy place while hammering, I am rapt in wire wrapping, and I find beauty in beading. And I think I’m good at it 😛
The few items I do sell keep my spirits up and keep me creating. I love giving away items to friends and family, and I get a huge kick out of having an online store hearted by over 100 people now. It just gives me a buzz.
As a buyer, I’d rather give a gift of a couple of gorgeous handmade bibs and baby clothes by Emma or Alissa than 20 similar items bought at K-Mart mass produced by soulless machines for soulless merchants for half the price – my gifts have person-ality!
I have an insight into the time and love that crafters dedicate to their merchandise, because I’m part of that community. I hope that by reading this, you have more understanding of the value in the handmade products that people sell.
Buy handmade – it’s WORTH more.