In recent years, a movement has begun that takes consumers away from big-box retailers and direct-to-consumer sales and introduces them to people doing business in their very own towns and cities. When a consumer buys local, significantly more of that money stays in their community (fun fact: for every $100 you spend locally, $68 will stay in your community) . Let’s be honest, in a world where you can purchase almost anything with the click of your mouse, we become “disconnected”. When you personally know the people behind the business where you’re buying local products and services, you create a “connection” you wouldn’t otherwise have. When you shop local, the business owner is usually directly connected to every one of their employees, which means any problem you have is taken seriously. A more personalized approach where the products you buy, or the services you request, are often tailored to make your experience even better. Bottom line: when you support local business owners, you get a better level of service, as well as helping make your community a better place to live.
So get to know your local farmers, craftspeople, antique dealers, photographers, construction companies, designers, mechanics, gardeners …….. FYI – photo is courtesy of the amazingly talented Tim Cyr. He has an eye for wildlife and scenery. Check him out on Facebook! You can also find his work for sale at many of our local markets. Thanks Tim for allowing us to use your image. It’s a beauty!
Taking it one step further, the global trend on where products are made and manufactured is also starting to reverse itself. Canadian shoppers prefer to buy goods made/manufactured in either Canada or the US (fun fact: some shoppers are even willing to pay more for a product knowing where it comes from aligns with their values). The most common reasons: save/create jobs, lower carbon footprint/less pollution, human rights and, once again, a stronger economy. Buying Canadian or US made goods doesn’t just support the workers who make the goods. Its benefits ripple out through the entire economy (from construction and accounting firms to skilled tradespeople and support workers to small retail stores).
Be mindful when you can of where the products you purchase are grown, made or manufactured. While it may not be possible for everything you buy to be made locally, sometimes you simply have to make cost and quality your top priorities (fun fact: the majority of the products we sell are made/manufactured in either Canada or the US).