go a step further and buy personal." ~Jeff Haden
But, there are people who live in this area -- or in any small town America -- year round, where we shop, where we eat and have fun -- all of that makes our communities home. This time of year brings the craft shows, the artisans' open houses, the street fairs...cool autumn days...and chilly November weekends are perfect for exploring the small shops or shows in your neighborhoods. The big boxes are always there with stuff on shelves. Why not explore the "small" boxes?
With the holiday season soon to become a whirling dervish, studies have found that for each $1 spent at a local business, 45 cents is reinvested locally. Many of the people who set up at local shows or have small shops or booths in co-ops try more to please and work harder than the CEOs of the Walmarts or the Targets of the world. Sure, we love the 24/7 convenience, but what about stopping at a local florist for a display for the holiday table.
I have fall décor from a neighbor...not a Chinese factory... I know the person who made these signs...
"When you buy something made by a person, there is something special there, and you do feel it. The consciousness with which a thing is made is often more important than the things itself."
~J. Donald Walters