There is no doubt that those of us lucky enough to live in a first world country live our lives in relative comfort. If we can afford a wallet or a pen from The Acadian, we are better off than many people in this world. But our culture of consumerism, especially in the U.S., is bad for all of us, no matter where you fall in the economic spectrum.
I’m not saying this to make you feel guilty about your station in life. We should feel grateful that we can afford to buy things that are of higher quality but cost more. But that also doesn’t mean we should be buying anything and everything we can get our hands on. Not only is it bad for the environment (think of all the crap you throw away each year), but it’s also bad for our wallets and our minds.
Let's talk about investing in handmade goods.
Yes, you can buy a machine stitched wallet at the local big box store for a lot less money than what we charge at The Acadian. It will last you for a little while and get you through a jam or two. You'll stuff your cards and cash and receipts in to it, cram it into your back pocket, and probably lose it once or twice. After a few months, it will start to wear down: the seams will rip, the thin (and most times fake) leather will wear away and tear, the pockets will pull apart. In less than a year, you'll be back at the store buying a new wallet. Wash, rinse, repeat.
That's a poor investment of your money and your time.
A good investment is purchasing a high quality product that may cost a bit more than your average big box store purchase. I will always recommend handmade products, whether ours or someone else's. When we make something by hand, we take the care to ensure strong bonds, quality materials, and a guarantee that our products will not only last for years, but that they'll actually get better with age!
It's all about the long game. When you invest in quality, over time you spend less time and money on replacing inferior products. Stop thinking short term; start investing in the long term.