If you are someone who loves to purchase hand made crafts because you yourself are not crafty but can appreciate someone who is you should know a few things.
1. A crafters time is worth the money they charge for their items.
2. Just because you can find similar items cheaper at a box store does not mean they are worth less money.
3. Placing an "order" with someone you know who crafts, be it knit, crochet, sew, beading etc is not a polite way of asking if the person would be willing to make something for you.
4. Gushing profusely is completely appropriate.
5. Yes a handmade blanket REALLY costs THAT much! (see rule 1 for proof)
6. Unless a crafter has a booth, an online store, or other venue do not assume that they are willing to make and sell their crafted items.
7. Do not assume that a crafter is willing to create special items with your favorite color choices.
8. Compliment the crafter on their hard work, abilities, and color schemes.
9. Always tell people who the crafter is that created the item you love so much, when possible hand out extra business cards. If rule number 6 applies!
10. Share these rules with everyone you know so that we can all support one another.
* yes I am a crafter! I love to crochet, make jewelery, and sew. I however have gotten away from selling my items OR making them for people who do not appreciate them. To many people seem to think since they can buy a knit cap from a box store that my lovely crocheted items should be less expensive. The yarn alone costs between $5-10.00 and the hours it takes me to sit and make an item are still worth being paid a wage per hour. I am an expert in my field of crochet, which means I do very advanced patterns and my items are sturdy. They last a long time and are well put together. Yes you could probably find an item that would "work" just as well as my lovely handmade items, however they will be just like everyone else's. They also are machine made and took a fraction of the time to complete.