In fact, a new buzz word has been coined as a result of the movement - "Craftivism".
The reasons people give for buying handmade from indie artisans are many, but here's a few that I have seen:
- Better for the environment - No factories, etc.
- Does not promote bad labor practices/slave labor
- Can get better quality items
- Like one-of-kind, unique things
- Keeps crafting and hand work from becomeing a dying art
- Promotes "Made in America"/country pride
- Supports a new generation of crafters
- Better value - Get more for your money
- Promotes the "little guy"
- Crafts are a true reflection of a culture throughout history
Here are some other members of the handmade consortuim:
Etsy ("Pronounced ett-see") is definately on the forefront of the movement. "What's an 'Etsy'?" you ask. Well, Etsy is a wonderful online community/store/street fair/swap meet/meet & greet where crafty and artistic people from around the world sell their handmand items to people who truly recognize & appreciate the work of an atisan when they see it. A huge number of people sell via etsy including me - My store.
Here's a video talking about how it started. This is now a really big deal. They pretty much set the bar for buying and selling handmade on line. Recently, the founder was featured on Martha Stewart show and I have seen Etsy mentioned in many, many magazines.
Please buy handmade! Thanks!