Sandals, mittens, a desk, a bed and a desk top are the tools used to get the job done, but not for every person in the workplace.
One person, Lisa Degenhardt, was a bit of an expert.
Degenhart runs a website called “Workplace Handmade” that sells handmade items, from hand-sewn socks to hand-crafted hand-knit blankets.
“It’s kind of a hobby.
It’s not a career,” she says.
DeGenhardt says she has more than 60,000 subscribers.
She also has her own company called “The Machine.”
The Machine is one of the many companies that use machine-made items in their online stores.
But Degenhess says it’s not for everyone.
“The idea of a machine is not a natural part of the workplace,” she said.
“People tend to go for things that are a little more artisanal, like handmade or hand-made.
There’s a lot of hype about the artisanal side of the machine, but there’s also the machine-makers and the craftsmen who make them.”
Degenhes company has been selling handmade items in its online store for about six years, and she says the idea of using the machine has not been alienating to her customers.
“I don’t think that people really like to think about it.
They think about how they can make their own furniture or they can craft something that they can’t sell,” she explained.
“They want to be creative.”
And with that creative side comes a lot more demand for handcrafted items.
“If you’re in a situation where you want to make a custom piece, you want a custom workbench, then you might want to invest in a machine,” Degenhts co-owner, Kelly Brown, said.
And as more people start taking ownership of their work, businesses like Degenhardts are seeing their business grow.
Businesses are finding that they’re able to make more from their handcrafted goods than from other items.
It also makes them more financially secure, as well as more attractive to customers, according to Brown.
“There are definitely some businesses that don’t have the resources to really invest in this,” she noted.
“But as a business, we want to do our best.”
With more businesses recognizing the value of their handmade products, and as consumers begin to pay more attention to the handmade side of things, it will only get better.
“In the beginning, we were just trying to be the last person standing.
I think now, there’s a little bit of a movement, and it’s a positive thing,” DeGenhart said.
She said she hopes people will see her company as an extension of their own craftsmanship.
“My customers can say, ‘I like this handmade item.
You should make something like that for me.’
It makes us feel good to know that we’re in business.”