75. Fosters the value of self-expression and creativity, which in turn will inspires everyone.
76. Is buying directly from the maker, which is a much more intimate and personal shopping experience that isn't available from corporate companies.
77. Shares a story; whether it's about the maker, the material used, or the origin, it adds more interest to the item itself. Knowing this increases one's appreciation of the object and decreases the likelihood of throwing it away.
78. Builds a higher appreciation for things they are made with quality, devotion, time, and care.
79. Embraces how things are made and where they come from. This keeps everyone more grounded and appreciative of things.
80. That are often one-of-a-kind and that in turn makes shoppers feel more special.
81. Delivers honestly made merchandise at a honest prices. Products are not marked up purely for their label, but they're priced to sustain a living for the maker.
82. Rewards creative thinking, entrepreneurship, and craftsmanship.
83. Encourages independent thinking that breaks corporation's homogenizing tendencies.
84. Typically supports goods made with greater consciousness of their environmental impact.
85. Embraces and celebrates the diversity of regional cultures, ideas, and resources from around the world.
86. Allows opportunities for customization where shoppers can participate in the creative process to further personalize the item.
87. Inspires collaborations that progressively build upon interesting ideas and products.
88. Celebrates the inherent variety in handmade goods that allows the buyer to more accurately express their own style and personality.
89. Supports the concept of keepin' it real!!
Chika, Dylan & Jean