Why can Handmade items be Expensive?

Why would someone pay 10 times as much for one of our lamps compared to something slightly similar at a bargain department store? It's an honest question. Well you don’t have to study consumer buying habits to know it comes down to affordability. 
Have you ever bought something requiring a good deal of assembly? It's time-consuming right? Imagine making it from scratch and don't forget the cost involved in buying the materials and the tools to make it as well. Like so many of our fellow hand-crafter artisans, we put so much effort and time into our pieces that we have no choice but to sell at a higher price.
Now I'm not saying there's anything wrong with a department store product but would you treasure it the same as if you had a handmade piece that was unique and bathed in authenticity?

In the video we make one of our Hanging Desk Lamps.
The video is roughly 12 mins long, the speed of the video is at 300%, so that we don't bore you too much. As you can see from the list below there are many phases in the making of the lamp, some phases are not even in the video. Of course, some of the processes are stream-lined when we make a batch, however, the work involved is still significant.
1. (Not shown on the video) Removing any nails, staples, debris from the reclaimed timber.
2. Processing the timber from a rough sawn state to a usable semi-finished state.
3. (Not shown on the video) Using the bench saw to cut timber into suitable widths and lengths.
4. (Not shown on the video) Measuring before cutting.
5. Cutting to size.
6. Drilling holes for cables and assembly (only a portion of the measuring was shown on the video).
7. Inserting a dowel and then pre-assembly to ensure the lamp will go together one completed.
8. (Not shown on video) Setting up the jig on the band saw to ensure accurate cutting.
9. Cutting the notch using a band saw.
10. Sanding using a coarse grit to remove any machine marks and for an even finish.
11. Changing the sanding belt to a finer grit to get a nice smooth, slightly polished finish on the timber.
12. Hand sanding corners and small areas, then a blow out with the air compressor.
13. Sealing the timber using a timber oil. (This was actually done twice).
14. Assembly and wiring up of the lamp.



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