This snapshot is a page from an Inland Northwest pamphlet (published by the Inlander) that I picked up during our weekend trip to Spokane, WA. These 5 things really resonate with me as they are not only applicable to shopping local but also to "shopping small" and supporting small business. As I continue to navigate my first year as a small craft business owner (nearly 10 months and still going strong!), I take great pride in creating unique cards for my customers, and I hope they gain the satisfaction of supporting a small business that is just getting started.
The list also inspires me to make more mindful choices about where I buy goods myself. Knowing where the goods we buy come from and that we are supporting local artists to create their handicrafts with our dollars allows us to treasure the items we use and admire and appreciate them on a new level. I can say first-hand that this is true for the countless handcrafted items--jewelry, artwork, ceramics, and more--that I have bought directly from artisans at arts and craft fairs, and striking up a conversation with the creator and learning the history of the item always makes it that much more special to have/use/cherish.
These 5 reasons could also easily be about food instead of goods and handicrafts. The idea of eating locally (and seasonally and sustainably) is nothing new, but I've recently been inspired by Erica Strauss and her book, The Hands-on Home, and her idea of homes shifting from "consumers" to "producers." I'm becoming much more aware of where my food comes from and what's in it as I try to reduce how much processed food I eat and instead produce as much as it as I can so I know exactly what's in it. . . home-cooked meals from scratch, homemade granola made only from ingredients I can pronounce, whole grains and whole fruits and whole veggies, and more.
So, what do you do to "shop local"?
Hi! I'm the creator of Pot Belly Bird, hailing from Spokane, WA. Here in my blog, I'll tell you about all the fun stuff I'm up to in addition to making cards, like cooking or biking or gardening!