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Why buy handmade?

You’d probably hear a different answer from every person you asked. Why do we think handmade is awesome? Well, maybe it’s because we started off as artisans of handmade things. Maybe it’s because we have friends who are craftspeople. Maybe it’s because we value art over mass-produced, imported products. Maybe it’s because we believe that supporting small business owners is a good thing for our economy. Really, it’s all those things.

Sure, handmade goods cost more than those you can buy at the big box retailer, but we know that artists and craftspeople spend hundreds of hours honing their skills in order to bring their products to market. Like all of us, they have bills to pay and families to support. We believe that they should be paid a living wage just like everyone else.

Making products by hand takes a lot of time. It’s not like a company that produces widgets on a machine in mere minutes. Buying carefully crafted, handmade products means that you too value their time and skill.

The products you purchase from Duke & Lulu’s aren’t part of the “Disposable Economy.” They are items that will stand the test of time and that you will be proud to have in your home for many years to come.

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