I love buying handmade items. I love the stories behind handmade products. I like the uniqueness. I like knowing that my gift won’t be like anything else that person receives. Plus, I love to support other crafters and artisans.
During the holiday season, I spend way too much time browsing Etsy looking for thoughtful gifts for each person I know. Now that I’ve joined this blog hop, I can share some of the lovely things I’ve found so far, and feature some of my favorite handmade sellers.
First, I’ll share items that are on my wish list:
Handmade Shopping Tips
Before I started selling handmade items, I was buying them. And, the first couple of times that I bought handmade products, I was nervous. What if it didn’t fit right? What if it didn’t look like the product in the pictures? If you’re feeling this way, I’ve got two tips for you:
1. Order your holiday gifts as soon as possible. Many items are made to order and getting items shipped from other countries can take up to a month. I suggest you order your handmade items before December 1st just to be safe. If you’re ordering handmade items after that time, check with the seller to make sure you’ll receive your items in time for holidays.
2. Look at the company’s or seller’s policies. What does the seller say about returning items? In my opinion, you should be able to return your product if you don’t like it when it arrives. You can do this with retail stores, so you should also be able to do this with handmade goods. If the seller doesn’t allow returns, I’d choose somebody else. Crafters and artisans who are confident in their products should be able to offer full refunds for unsatisfied customers.