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Support Local Economies with Handmade Crafts

Posted by Sky McArtor on

support economy with arts & crafts

It is no secret that buying from the local mom and pop shop provides the local economy with an influx of funds that is then redistributed throughout the region to benefit local residents. This idea of supporting local providers extends to the purchase of arts and crafts as well. Buying from a local artisan supports not only the artist who created the product, but local businesses that the artisan might be visiting to buy the supplies she needs to construct her products.

The circle between supplier, artisan and customer is unbroken, a symbiotic relationship between creator and benefactors that can result in a large economic boom for the area they share. An example might be beeswax candles purchased from a local wholesale or retail market. This beeswax is used to make a variety of candle products. These products are then sold locally in shops and online across the country. Money from selling those beeswax candles are going into the local economy, which is then used to make improvements to the local area.

While a purely equal partnership is ideal, more than likely not every penny put into making a product is spent from local providers. Some artisans choose to go to a local Wal-Mart or Target to purchase supplies. Does this do anything for the area's economy? In a direct sense the money goes to the large retail shop, but that retail shop also employs hundreds of local residents who benefit from the purchase and who spend their own money locally. So really, whether an artisan gets all of her supplies from smaller local stores, area residents are still benefiting from the sale of the product.

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