With the holiday season upon us, people are already hitting the stores to try to find that perfect gift for that special someone on their gift list. With so many big store options out there, it's easy to forget your local neighborhood shops.
Well I'm excited to spread the word about "shopping small" on Small Business Saturday, November 24th. I encourage you to head out with your family and/or friends the day after Black Friday and support your local businesses on November 24th. I'm sure your town is full of small businesses such as pet stores, boutiques, coffee shops and more. Our support is what helps these businesses survive! It's not only good for them, but for your community as a whole.
Many of the small businesses in my town support our high school's sport teams. The school shows the love to these supporters in many ways, including big banners on the fences around the football field. People driving by can't help but notice!
As a blog owner and Etsy store owner, this hits really close to home for me. Without the support from my community, I wouldn't be able to do what I do. Some of my customers include my sister's co-workers at a restaurant in town. The same is true for many small businesses around you and I. The local community is what makes them strive. Many of you are bloggers yourself, so I'm sure you know exactly where I'm coming from on some of these points.
An American Dream
Most people in small business have a dream and they work extra hard to achieve that success they're hoping to gain from it. They help to show us that our dreams are reachable! Have you ever considered opening up a flower shop or little craft store? This is what I'm talking about!
We always say "the children are our future" so lets show them how to better the future of our communities. My kids are learning a little about this at a young age as they see me work on my blog and make jewelry. Once I move onto doing local craft fairs, I will bring them with me from time to time so that they can get a fresh look of just what it is that I do. They both love to make stuff, so I think seeing all of those other vendors might just encourage them. My youngest, Lil Man likes to make stuff out of wood. I could totally see him hand carving those signs with names that people hang on their house and/or property!
Take your kids shopping with you on Small Business Saturday. They might just surprise you with a gift idea you'd never though of. Maybe they'll find an instrument they'd love to learn to play at your local music shop, or have their eye on a bike from your local bike shop. So many of these places have great gift ideas for all of the people we love! After you're done shopping, take them to the ice cream shop or bakery for a treat!
If we all do just a little bit, we can really help our communities grow. Once our communities are strong, our country as whole will grow stronger! I know I'll do my part on November 24th. Will you?
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