Okay...I'm gonna get on my soap box...about what you ask? Well, about how we choose to spend our money particularly as the holiday season approaches.
As many of you know I own an art gallery/ gift shop, so the idea of buying handmade, local or from a small independent retailer is close to my heart as it affects me greatly.
|Handmade necklace out of recalimed wood, by Adea Chung of Billy Would|
|Handmade Serving Bowl by Antje Gagne|
Consider how it affects everyone when you buy local. Think of your local merchants and remember that they are also your neighbours. If everyone spent just $50 at a local/independent retailers each month the impact would be huge. The 3/50 project is an online movement that began in 2009 as way to encourage and empower people to heal the economy through mindful spending. The statistics (based on U.S. numbers) are staggering; "If just half the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month at independently owned stores, their purchases would generate $42,629,700,000 in revenue". Imagine how that would affect your community, and your neighbours.
|Handmade Piggy Bank by Thomas Suh|
I have adopted a slogan of sorts as the holiday season approaches (only 9 Saturdays until Christmas) 'Buy local or buy handmade, either way you will positively affect someone's bottom line, but it won't be Wall Street's.'
Buying local or handmade is a gift that keeps on giving, to you, to your community, to your recipient.
Who is your favourite local merchant, or handmade artisan?
Thanks for sticking around, I'll step off the box now :c) Have a great day!