Why should we shop with local businesses?
As we gear up to the crazy shopping season, many of us will be feeling the stress levels rise. Whether your shopping list is minimal or huge, many of us choose to just click a few buttons on a well known online market place and have done with it. But there’s a a lot of good reasons for you to hold off clicking that Add To Shopping Cart button.
Why should you shop with local businesses? It’s more time consuming, it’s hard work, it involves thinking and doing. But isn’t that more meaningful too, than buying another load of tat that you’re not sure anyone really wants anyway? If you still need convincing, here’s 6 reasons to shop with your local makers, designers and businesses this Christmas.
Boost your local economy
When you shop with a local businesses, far more of the money stays in the local community. It gets spent by local people, whereas if you shop with big online market places or high street chains, the profit goes to shareholders who are anything but local!
Supporting local talent
When you shop with local artists, makers, or infact any local business, you are supporting local talent and skills.
You can be sure that handmade local goods made by local tradespeople will have travelled far less distance to get to you. It is easier to check out the ethical origins of products, and you can be sure that even if the maker is paying him or herself peanuts, your next buy will help to elevate that to erm, cashews, rather than lining the pockets of shareholders.
You are far more likely to get something unique, something no-one else has. When you buy from a designer-maker, this is even more so, because nothing is mass produced. If you are shopping for gifts, you can be sure that whoever you are shopping for won’t have one of these already!
Variety is the spice of life
Supporting local businesses means that local economies are not entirely dominated and taken over by big chains and multinationals. You get to keep some local colour, variety, and character in your community.
Warm and fuzzy
You get that warm fuzzy feeling of having met the maker, you know the provenance, you have the opportunity to find out the story behind the product. Which you’ve got to admit adds value over and above something you’ve picked up from an anonymous seller in a high street chain!