What is your opinion on fakes?
I’m not adverse to shopping in the discount stores. And discount doesn't necessarily have to mean fake. But working to a budget means that some things need (and can) to be bought on the cheap. Wrapping paper, coloured pencils, shampoo to use as hand-wash….
But when it comes to jewellery – well, that’s a different matter.
Once upon a time (in my poor and broke student days) a gorgeous necklace for 2 bucks was considered a find!
Now I pick them up and think about how poorly they are made, the individuals who were paid pittance to make them and how as a mass-produced product there is no ‘unique-ness’ to the design.
But as a independent, handmade artisan valuing our work, and more importantly getting others to understand the value of handmade, is really difficult.
A really interesting read on the subject of pricing and market pressure was highlighted recently at the Crafting an MBA blog.
Titled Etsy and the Culture of Cheap it provoked a lot of discussion and thought. I’m hoping to source the book mentioned through our local library and have a read for myself.
Would you wear a necklace that cost more than your head?
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