The phrase “shop small” is just about as buzzworthy as eating organic. The concept has been embraced, re-invented, and even given its own day - but it’s likely that few understand the huge impact their daily shopping decisions have on their overall quality of life. Surely it can’t make THAT big of a difference. Right? Wrong! Here are 6 reasons you should shop local:
1. Fosters Community Engagement and…..it Feels Good
Shopping small helps communities come together. It gives members that are closest to the work the chance to get involved and make a difference in their community. Chances are, what you bought in support of your neighbor was made with love, and with the hope that you were 100% satisfied with the purchase and customer service you received.
2. Creates Jobs and Opportunities
Small businesses can be big employers. With jobs being created where you live, your friends, neighbors and family can find jobs closer to home. That has a huge impact on family, community and the environment because it keeps money in the community and cuts back on commutes.
3. Enhances Community Personality
Local businesses give a community its flavor. Shop owners and entrepreneurs have the distinct opportunity of contributing to what makes the community “different”. By supporting those businesses instead of chains, you ensure that uniqueness is preserved and put a stamp on how others view you.
4. Puts Tax Money to Good Use
Tax money paid by local businesses often used to supporting schools, parks, roads, and other local programs. Purchasing local helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base.
5. Unique and Exclusive
Do you often get asked “where did you find that?”.
Local businesses carry many one-of-a-kind items you won’t find in national chain stores. They are carefully curated portfolios by crafters, artists and creators that are intertwined with the community, and sourced closer to home.
When you shop with Bundled you are supporting our small business AND the 60+ small businesses that make the items in our gift bundles!