"I love how it feels to buy handmade, to feel a real connection to the real person that made each object. You can't buy that at the mall."
I totally agree.
1- I like to feel unique. I hate to wear the same as everybody else. Of course, nowadays it´s hard to live without ready-to-wear (or prêt-à-porter) garments. So, handmade accessories and vintage jewelry are a great way to add a personal touch.
2 - I like the connection with the person that made each object, that´s for sure, because it´s a piece with a story. But I also like the glamour to wear a piece that tells a story because it´s a part of the History.
3 - Superior quality: Vintage pieces are often a much higher quality than what you will find today. Also, handmade things are made with love and attention to detail.
4 - Green option: Although I did not start out shopping vintage or handmade to save the plane, I must say eco-friendliness is an important factor and became an ecological and philosophical statement. Most of my favourite handmade items are interesting and original ways to recycle fabrics and other materials.
5 - It's collectable: You can indulge your passion for vintage and collect from any designer, style or era. I find it very amusing and also a kind of investment. However, it is not the very first reason I like to buy vintage. I only wear what I really like and I only buy when I fall in love with a piece.