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Local artisans talk buying handmade in the four-states

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Everything Georganne Luman and her husband Greg make is handmade in Southwest Missouri.

Home items, from small decor pieces to custom furniture. Georganne says her husband sources the materials locally.

"Barn, huge barns, that he completely tore down and and hauled all the lumber and tin home," she said.

The Lumans aim to make items that are impossible to find anywhere else.

"They're one of a kind. you may see the same item, but it's not the same item," said Georganne. "It's made out of barn wood as well, but it's unique and one of a kind."

But the ultimate goal is affordability.

"We feel like we want to offer something for everyone," said Georganne.

"For the price and being customized, i just feel that it's just way better," said Aly Elder. She creates items for her online store, aly's craft shop.

she works two jobs before heading back home to make  scarves, cooking accessories and other home goods. She wants every piece to be that perfect present.

"I just really hope when they see it they think, oh my gosh, this person would love this! or i would love this as a gift!"

Which Mona Swartz loves, as she surrounds herself with unique gifts in her antique store, Paradise Mall.

"People who come to a collectible stores to buy gifts, are buying memories. and the reason for buying handmade is just that, you're buying quality," said Swartz.

So, if you're in the market for that distinctive, affordable piece, you may want to consider not just American-made, but four-state made.

"Not that ordering online isn't convenience, but when you can know where an item comes from and knowing that it's handmade adds that much more to the item," said Georganne.

Many four-state vendors will sell their wares December 20th at Memorial Hall in Lamar to help raise funds for The Tulip Garden

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