- borrow the item
- advertise for it on freecycling
- check out Ebay
- is it available locally
- can I support a local enterprise?
In 2013 I am making an extra effort to buy British, meaning local within the British Isles not because I am patriotic but by doing so the miles the item has to travel to get to us are reduced and that is an important consideration in our buying criteria this year.
Here is a showcase of a small company making leather handbags. Hanson of London Their philosophy is simple and they are reviving a skill that may have been lost to us forever.
What do you consider when purchasing an item apart from the pricetag? The price of this handbag is very high but reflects the craftsman's skills and the time it takes to make an individual item. Definitely the price is a barrier. Something to aspire to. Yes its expensive but durable and not guided by simply fashion. It would be hard to justify this item if you had it for just a season or on a whim, but if your aim is to have nothing but useful or beautiful items in your home then its worth the dream.