Monday, March 10, 2008

Make it Personal


Etsy.com is “your place to buy and sell all things handmade” Etsy is an online gem in a world of mass consumerism. Buying handmade products provides a wonderful connection to the items you buy, and the people who created them.

Handmade items possess a special quality, one full of personality and originality. Etsy offers a great way to connect with artists and crafters of all different trades and backgrounds. There’s really something for everyone. Beyond the thrill of having something that’s one-of-a-kind, when you purchase directly from the artist, there’s a personal connection. Your shopping experience is enhanced with easy communication between the buyer and artist. Imagine having conversations with someone previously unknown, and then buying an item they’ve created; a special experience and new connection. Each item seemingly has its own story, and you’re free to explore what that may be by researching the artists, or simply asking them about their creative process and products.

In this modern age, where it’s easy to lose touch with each other, handmade products offer a way to reconnect with each other on a personal level. Buying handmade products brings back the connection between individuals which had been lost in the mass-produced supply-and-demand market. Unlike mass produced items, each handmade piece has been thoughtfully labored over, carefully handled, and loved by an individual.

So give up generic, humdrum products shrouded in anonymity, and make a personal connection!

3 comments:

artistscs28 said...

A very nice description of the relationship-aspect of Etsy. It's true, there is a special connection when you buy something directly from someone else's hands. I love knowing that some of my jewelry is one-of-a-kind!

bridgmanpottery said...

I buy everything that I can handmade- or make it myself. Etsy is a great resource for the handmade life- great little essay.

radiogirl said...

Well said -- I second artistscs28 -- it's great to have a connection with the person who actually made something -- and from a seller's perspective, it's so nice to feel a connection with the people who buy my artwork. My customers have a special place in my heart - sounds so cheesy, but it's true!