Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK and that means holiday shopping madness starts NOW! With tons of craft fairs, black friday deals, and a million ways to shop from your pajamas, here are some reminders of why shopping small is so incredible.
- Unique and one of a kind
When you buy from a local craft show, a local shop, or online from someone locally, there are a TON of handmade items. This item won’t be found in every department store, but that doesn’t mean it’s not popular. These items have something extra special about them!
- Meet your maker
When you shop at your local craft sales you actually get to meet the person who made what you’re buying. Chances are, they’re super cool and you’ll want to be their friend (see number 4 & 6).
- Better than a pinterest DIY fail
Don’t wait until the last minute, try something you found on pinterest, and then realize you totally failed. Adding a handmade element to your gift is great, but you don’t have to make the gift all by yourself. And let’s be honest, you’ve got a lot of shit to do.
- Grow your community
You grow your personal network, and your community as a whole. You can make a new friend, or introduce an old friend to someone you just met! This helps the local shops thrive, which leads to the next item on our list!
- Support your local ecomony
Local companies support local jobs! When you shop local, you’re giving right back to your community. The money goes back into the community, and supports a thriving economy.
- Makes a good story
When you buy a gift locally, you get to tell the recipient all about your experience. Maybe your friend happens to own the shop, or maybe the company started kickstarter, maybe they give back to a non-profit that you strongly believe in. Each local item (even food) comes with a story! When you meet the marker, you can learn their own story and share it to make each gift really an experience.
- Super cool shit!
Honestly, some of the most beautiful pieces come from your area! Talk about getting inspired! We’ve got everything from jewelry makers, to soap makers and I love knowing that my purchase helps them pursue their passions.
How are you shopping small this season? Head over to instagramand tag your favorite shop so I can check them out!