Saturday, May 28, 2016

" A hero is someone who

has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
~Joseph Campbell

Memorial Day 2016...that photo is the daughter -KayLa, 8 years old- of a former student of mine who has a photography business...No Filter Photography.  I keep hearing "make America great again"--has America not been great since its inception, or did I miss something?   That we are able to create businesses and support each other is a benefit for which those men and women sacrificed their lives and for whom we celebrate this holiday.

And that brings me to my soapbox speech...if we want to keep America great, we have to support each other...that means small businesses not just the dollar stores and Walmart.  Also, recognize when you go into a small shop...a real brick and mortar shop...not Amazon prime...that those folks have operating costs...etc etc etc (as the King would sing - for those who are musical fans).  I am not going to "let it go" (for the Disney crowd).  I think we need to buy American when possible...and know that Americans do not work for pennies an hour...if McDonald's workers are demanding $15 an hour, do not expect a jewelry artisan or a photographer to work for a dollar and praise.

Small businesses...actually many are really mini businesses...try to provide consumers with more than stuff on a shelf or services take it or leave it.  They do not have massive write-offs nor play money to move around and pretend they are big time businesses.  For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community. (Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics)  From that same study, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community!  Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wid­er array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.

I have unique sea glass jewelry made by a local artist...these are some of the earrings made with local found sea glass (not manufactured in China sea glass).
...and I have a few repurposed necklaces both in sea glass and vintage bits and pieces.
 Imagine designing these necklaces for ten cent an hour...

 Or, cutting keys off an old typewriter (not repro keys made in China), soldering them, and creating jewelry...yes, keep calm and carry on...

So, as you celebrate the beginning of summer, remember the men and women who died so that we could have our own businesses and be proud of supporting Americans!