July 17, 2022

4 Advantages Of Buying Local Handmade Products

By: Jessica Brown

By now, you should have a rough idea of why you should buy products handmade. After all, it's nice to support local artists who put their heart and soul into the things they make, and we also support our local economy.

However, have you really spent the time to figure out exactly what advantages you can get from buying handmade? More importantly, who gets the benefit out of the transaction? Well, both of you do get benefits, of course, but there are advantages that go far beyond simply having a nice product and supporting a local producer.

That said, we want to share with you all the advantages of buying handmade:

1. It Is An Eco-Friendly Thing To Do

How does buying handmade be an eco-friendly act? Well, imagine you buy something that's exported from another country. Now, that product has to make it to you, right? That means it has to catch a ride on a boat, plane, truck, and all of that sort. These machines consume fossil fuels, and this, as you know, produces harmful gasses that cause all sorts of problems like global warming.

Now, we're not saying that handmade products are 100% eco-friendly either. However, the fact that it doesn't have to travel as far to get to you cuts down on the emissions significantly. If you're trying to live a greener life, then buying handmade products really is one of the best things you can do!

2. Handmade Products Are Truly Unique

Your handmade product is truly unique! No one else on this planet has ever seen anything like it. That's because they are made by someone who had their own idea of what they wanted to create. In fact, the uniqueness of each handmade product is one of the things that draws people to buy handmade. It's your chance to say, "Hey, I have something that no one else has!"

Now, you might argue that if a local artist creates the same thing over and over again, it is the same thing. However, the fact is that no two things are exactly the same, especially hand-crafted items. This simply solidifies the fact that the handmade product you buy is unique to you!

3. Buying Handmade Supports the Local Economy

When you buy handmade, you are supporting the local economy. Why is this the case? Well, obviously, when you buy something locally, many don't go anywhere else but the local economy!

By buying something that was made locally, you are keeping the money from your purchase in your town or city. You're giving the lifeblood of your local economy, motivating people to spend more to further boost the economy.

4. Durability Is Part Of The Product's Quality

This brings us to the next point we want to share with you: quality. We have made it clear that handmade products are of better quality. Quality products are also more durable, and this means you don't have to buy as many things made in underdeveloped countries or of poor quality.

This is yet another reason why buying handmade products is a good thing. If they are durable, you can save money in the long run. Sure, they may be pricy at first, such as buying handmade furniture. However, it is well worth your money, as their lifespan will more than pay off its price!


Whether you want to support local artists or help the local economy, buying handmade products is a great idea. And now, you can see how and why it's a great thing to do! So, go ahead and start buying local products. From food to furniture, there are a ton of local things you can look around for. Before you know it, you'll prefer local products over anything else!

Ohio Artisan Collective is a gift shop and coffee bar offering handmade products created by Ohio artists, makers, and food companies. If you are looking for Made-In-Ohio products and more, check out what we offer!

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