Why Shop Small Business Saturday?
As I get ready to meet with some of my fellow makers for a workshop. I find myself thinking about the importance of small businesses. In this past year alone, a lot of the small business that I grew up with or came to love have closed their doors. It seems like every time you turn on the news you hear about some beloved community shop, bookstore, bar, etc. going out of business. It shows me the importance of supporting your beloved community businesses by shopping small. As a small business owner, I would be lying if I said this is an easy path to follow. The truth is it’s a roller coaster with many twists and turns. If you can manage to hold on, you can ride it out to success.
It takes support and community to grow a business. That’s where you come in, we small business owners would be nothing without you. I have fond memories of a customer who went to a show I was participating in Brooklyn. She was looking for a particular item that I had at another event in Manhattan. So, she took the train there without telling me and bought it there. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me. Every time a customer, family or friend sends me a picture of our products in use it fills my heart with so much pride. As makers our hearts, souls, time and energy go into everything we make. You really are getting a small piece of us.
We in turn can put that money back into our communities. I do so by purchasing my supplies and my sewing machine is repaired locally. I’m so grateful to all the local businesses that have allowed me take product photos in them over the years. Yes, I always make sure I buy something while I’m there.
Supporting local shops and small businesses is more important than ever now. So, make sure you show your favorite business some love not just this Saturday but every day. Here are a few of my favorite small businesses check them out below:
NY Handmade Collective (formerly NY Etsy Team) - A vibrant group of artisans who live and/or work in and around New York City
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