When you buy handmade, you are helping to ensure traditional creating skills are kept alive and creating a demand for education in these skills. It is more important than ever to maintain these skills and to invest our spending dollars with true small businesses that are seriously struggling through this pandemic. Hobby Lobby and Walmart are going to be Ok, but some of your favorite mom and pop type shops might not make it through this without a strong base of customers. Those other places are not going to offer the personal service, quality and attention to details that a handmade shop can provide. Every piece created with someone’s own hands carries that history and sense of family and comfort that you can’t find anywhere else. Buying handmade is also sustainable, lasts longer than fast fashion and your purchase goes to help individual families put food on the table, pay for extra curricular activities, etc. Stop choosing mass produced items for your family and help create jobs right here in America where so many are in need.