Small Businesses Need You!

November 14, 2012 at 6:17 am Leave a comment

The year is flying by and unless you’ve been hiding out from all contact with the internet, television, stores, newspapers and people in general, you know that the holiday season is rapidly approaching. And of course, the big kick off for the shopping season, at least in America is the day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday. Ok, I know that stores are creeping it up earlier and earlier each year and now some are opening ON Thanksgiving which I think is rather grinchy, but I’ll refrain from ranting in this post.

I’m sure some of you have a plan of attack all laid out on how to hit all the best sales on Friday and get a head start on holiday shopping or a little something for yourself. I hope that you will consider also spending some money at small businesses. There is even a movement encouraging people to shop small called Small Business Saturday.  Ever since I started my own small business with Kimchi Kawaii, this has become something that resonates very closely with me. I am also a member of the deviantART community – a social network site for artists and have met many other people on there also running their own small business, selling their wares through sites like Etsy, Store Envy, Zazzle or direct sale. Many of us are passionate about our work and spend hours pouring our creativity into  pieces that we hope will bring enjoyment to our customers. Some of us also work closely with customers on special commissions for something truly unique. We also often get our supplies in our communities which help local economies. These are things you are not going to find in a big box store selling mass produced items!

This year, check out that little boutique in your town that you may have overlooked in previous years. Take a look at the above mentioned sites or any others that feature independent artists or small businesses. Shop small, it’s a big deal to us!

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