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Friday, December 14, 2012

Shopping Local


I have to admit that I never really thought that much about shopping small or local or handmade before I became a vendor myself.  I always admired the wonderful craftmanship and detail that went into items at craft fairs, but I must (shamefully) admit I sometimes would think things like:

"I can get something similar at Target for cheaper."
"I could make that myself."
"That is riduculously priced."

I hate to think back on those times that things like that ran through my head because I know people have looked at my table at craft fairs or shows before and probably thought the same thing.

Fact of the matter is, you can't get the same thing at Target or Walmart for cheaper.  You can't make many of the things you see yourself.  And most items are priced extremely reasonable for the amount of time, money, and TLC involved in each piece.  


What I have realized is that you truly do get what you pay for.  Anything handmade is better than something manufactured.  Hands down. 

Supporting your local boutique is much more rewarding than the local mall.  Shopping the local farmer's market is much more satisfying than the local Walmart.  Truth be told, shopping local/small doesn't just benefit the vendor.  It benefits you as the customer.

Think about it, everyone loves American Eagle, JCrew, Madewell, and Old Navy.  So often in Blogland we see many repeats.  I'm not knocking this - I love these stores as well, but when I shop at them I'm in danger of wearing the same thing as someone else.  Luckily, it is usually styled differently, but if I really want to stand out, shopping local boutiques is the way to go.  I'm almost guaranteed that no one is going to have that same Everly blouse from Pink and Blue.


Items I've purchased at craft fairs or farmer's markets have always lasted longer than similar items I've purchased from department stores or Walmart.  Handmade typically equates higher quality.  Handmade typically means unique as well.  When something is handmade, there is never a true duplicate.  

Giving and receiving handmade gifts are the best.  Somehow they seem more heartfelt.  More thoughtful.  Than just buying an item from a regular store.  Maybe that's just me...  Like there is a story behind the gift that makes it even more extraordinary.

If you've had the mindset this season that I once had, I encourage you to give shopping small a try.  There are fantastic online boutiques, local craft fairs, and shops all around.  A few of my favorites:


Do you shop small? 


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6 comments:

  1. Love this post lady! And I'm seriously in love with your chevron scarf! I mean really in love, it's kinda sad!

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  2. AMEN, sister! i'm off to check out the boutiques you suggested! xx

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  3. Huge props to you for this post! Love everything about it. Being a small biz owner myself I definitely try to support my fellow small and local businesses. We're all in this together! Xoxoxo

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  4. amen!! i have really started buying / shopping local in the last few years - i'd MUCH rather support a friend or small biz than Target - nothing against target... but you know!

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  5. Hi, I stumbled on here from somewhere(love when that happens) and I see boutiques that I am intimately familiar with(and so is my money) are you located in Raleigh? I am off to stalk your blog to find out! haha

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  6. I know the feeling Handmade is the Best way!

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