A whole lot of FRIGGIN money is about to be literaly DUMPED, by you and me, right into the economy! But whos economy?
So this is a call, a challenge and, I admit, a plea... buy local this holiday season. This is a very direct way to build a strong local economy, to empower your community and flex your purchasing power! I challenge you to buy 25% local or 50% local or ... more.
Yes. I know. Things ARE more expensive on a local level. This is part of your investment. It's part of your contribution. You may find your self yielding to quality over quanity. This then becomes a very sound and environmentally good choice.
When you really look around, there are a ton of exciting ways to give from the heart! A popular trend is to give the gift of experience. This includes restaurants, performances, art, dance or karate classes, boat rides, wine tours... just about any bucket list item has a gift certificate for sale. Get them a makeover, a horse riding adventure...
Check out local hardware stores for bigger items. Bergers Appliance of Hawthorne is a local business.
I've seen so many wonderful local boutiques tank. They lose so much holiday revenue to big box stores. Get out and support these wonderful shops while getting something truly unique! Compile a list of boutiques and just go to them! The only ones I can think of around here are Trinkets in Croton or Ruthenys, also in Croton. I always used to buy jewelery from SWAK in Montrose and my recepients squealed, no really, squealed with delight. They sadly had to close.
Get to your local craft fairs!!! You will always find something unique and wonderful. No one, and mean not one of us, can own enough hand made scarves. Seriously.
If a small business is not in your local area per say it's still shopping local. Now's a good time to check out etsy.com for hundreds of independant sellers of handmade or vintage goods inlcuding jewelery, art, or just about anything you can think of.
Explore pintrest for a millions ways to MAKE an awesome gift!
Also consider local bakers, florists, book and record shops, yoga studios, spas...
Every year I enjoy going to Feed the Birds in Croton and getting bird feeders and outdoor seed ornaments.
Like I said, 25%, 50%, 75%. These are good percentages if we all challenged ourselves with one of them. All of us are going to buy big box items this year. It's unavoidable. It's okay. But we can make a major impact by looking around and challenging ourselves to a percentage.
What are some of your favorite local holiday hot spots? Plug away! Show us where to go!
Your community thanks you!