Have you ever seen an item sold by an artisan and thought, “That’s so expensive! I can get this for less at Walmart!”? As a small shop owner and cardmaker, I hear this all too often. I’m writing this blog post to explain why handmade goods are often more expensive than similar items from big box stores. How? Well, I’m breaking down where your money goes after you buy one of my cards.
A while back, I made the announcement that I’m giving 10 cents from every item purchased to Toronto Environmental Alliance! So, I decided to go in-depth and explain my rationale for choosing Toronto Environmental Alliance as the non-profit that I’m supporting. Keep reading to learn about the three reasons why I picked TEA!
Recently, I’ve been having a little identity crisis for Thoughtfully Handmade. As you know, my slogan is Adjustable, affordable, adorable. While you can still personalize your cards with me and they are still cute, the prices of my cards have gone up. I was scared to do this- terrified actually. I still believe that $7 is too expensive to pay for a card, and I will never raise my prices that high. However, things have gotten more expensive and my time is now more valuable. What do I mean? Well, I’m about to show you what happens to your money after you purchase a $5 card.