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The Real Cost of Handmade & why it’s worth it

Have you ever thought about why you pay so much more for a handmade item then mass produced? It doesn’t matter whether its a cake, cookies, jewellery or handbags. Handmade is always that much more.

Why is this though? Well let’s break it down and have a look at it.

When you buy a handmade piece you aren’t just paying for the materials. You are paying the creator for their time, their passion, their years and years of perfecting their skill.

There is a story that circulates around Facebook periodically. I do not know where it originated from so I can’t credit it, but I’m going to share it here for you all.

“A customer wanted to purchase a beautiful wire wrap bracelet and spotted an artist who did absolutely amazing work, but she charged a good price too.

The customer thought the artist’s price was way too high so she approached the artist and in quite a brusque fashion stated, “I want to buy a bracelet from you, but I think you charge too much!”

The artist was a little taken aback but replied, “OK, how much do you think I should charge?”

The customer replied, “I think you should charge X much, because the wire will cost this much, and the clasp this much, and the cabochon this much. I even factored in the price of your pliers.”

The final price the customer calculated was a lot less than the artist’s original price, but she said, “OK deal. You will get your goods in a week.”

The customer was very pleased with herself and couldn’t resist telling her friends what a fabulous deal she had negotiated, how smart she was and the she would have a gorgeous new bracelet in a week .

A week later her parcel arrived in a lovely packaged box. She opens it and inside is wire, a clasp, a cabochon and 2 pliers.

Angrily she contacts the artist asking, “How could you do this to me? I asked for a bracelet and you sent me wire, a clasp, a cabochon and 2 sets of pliers!!!!!!”

The artist replied, “My dear you got exactly what you paid for, if you think there is something missing then you will need to pay for it.”

The moral of the story, when you buy handmade you are not just buying the materials, you are buying the artists, time, love, effort and dedication that goes into making your pieces.”

While this example speaks about a bracelet, the same principal can be applied to ANY handmade item.

Remember, when you buy from a small business you are helping a mum/dad put their child in dance lessons, or swimming or sport. Not helping a CEO buy another Ferrari.

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