Small Business Saturday
Buy Local This Christmas
Between the dip in the economy and the takeover of big businesses, people are becoming more and more aware of what they buy and from where. This Christmas, my goal is to do all or most of my Christmas shopping at small, local businesses instead of online or at box stores. Rather than shopping Black Friday or Cyber Monday, join us in shopping small on Small Business Saturday!
This lens will explore some of the reasons behind shopping small as well as include some of my favorite local businesses to shop!
Why Buy Small?
America was built on small businesses and mom-and-pop shops. While it seems big box stores and corporations are taking over, it is always nice to know there are still small, local places to go and get what you need.
Small businesses still have a huge impact on our national economy. More than that, they have a huge impact on our local economies. Buying local keeps those businesses alive and keeps your money in your town. Shops with 10 employees tend to not outsource. For the same price, or an extra dollar or two, you can keep jobs in your community.
I'm not saying shopping at Wal-Mart and Target and eBay is terrible, but you can do a lot more for your community if you choose to shop small and buy local this holiday season. Not only am I shopping small, I am asking my friends and family to only shop at local joints for gifts for me.
"We can't have a strong economy unless our small businesses are doing well, and right now they are not. They are hurting."
[Read more here.]
Are you shopping small this year?
My Favorite Local Shops
In Spokane, Washington, there are lots of great small stores where you can buy gifts. I will be visiting many of these in the next few weeks. I hope you either stop in or check out their websites!
Auntie's Bookstore is one of my all-time favorite shops. Whenever I go, I end up staying way too long. I call it "book store overdose." They have an awesome clearance section, and also buy and sell used books. This is where I will be getting many books for my nieces!
Attached to Auntie's is Uncle's Games. It is equally unique as Auntie's and has tons of fun party games, puzzles, and other fun things to pass the time. There is another location in Northtown mall, and one in the valley mall, besides the one downtown.
As a kid, I loved going to White Elephant with my dad. I loved to play in the fishing lures. Besides hunting and fishing gear, they have an excellent game section as well as the infamous Toyland. I'm pretty sure this is where I will get most of my stocking stuffers this year. I already found some clever ones!
I also happen to work at a small business. Walter's Fruit Ranch is a small orchard and gift shop. We make tons of homemade jams, jellies, pies, and have wine, amazing barbeque sauces, and gifts. Check it out! You can also order some fresh apples still!
I think there will be some camera accessories on my list this year. Huppin's is a local camera and electronics shop where I hope to do some of my shopping.
"It's not about Wall Street. It's about Main Street."
Where Will You Shop?
Which do you prefer? Will you be shopping local this holiday season or hitting the big box stores and the Internet for the great deals?
Where will you do most of your shopping this year?
My #1 Reason for Buying Local!
I purchased some books from Auntie's bookstore online. One of them is on back order, and I got an immediate email from a REAL PERSON updating me on the status. I love it! Local businesses come with real people attached to them- no 800 numbers or answering services.
Here are some great articles and websites you can check out to read more about Small Business Saturday.
Now, no matter where you live, you can shop at small businesses. Etsy.com is where people far and wide can sell their wares. I've seen and purchased some pretty cool, unique, one-of-a-kind items on there. Check there if you can't find what you're looking for at your favorite local shop!