Shopping Small

by | Mar 19, 2021 | Fashion

Shopping. It’s addictive, fun, and can seem like the only thing to do when you are hanging out with friends. So why isn’t there a way for us to shop and have fun while also supporting a veteran who recently took up knitting, a women-owned* jewelry brand, or an ec0-friendly** skincare line? Well, I’m here to tell you there is! 

 

One reason why we should shop from small businesses*** in the first place is that you are supporting someone who has a big dream and is making it happen! Or by buying you are contributing to women-owned or fair trade**** business with core values you believe in. Another reason why is you understand the cost! Instead of buying a $50 blouse manufactured in a hot, stuffy, factory without electricity in China, you are buying from real people that care about their craftsmanship and the customer. The labor and love that these small businesses put into each garment is immeasurable, and they will even do things like put a free candy in your box or a handwritten letter thanking you for shopping from their store during Covid-19.

 

Now, here are a few ways to shop small. First, find stores locally. Take a walk down your “Main Street” and see what you find. There is no real way to tell if it’s a small business but usually, they won’t have racks and racks of clothing out but will have only a few on display. Another way to shop small is to shop from etsy.com. There you can communicate with the seller, customize your order and see every step of how your clothes are being made! And last but not least, YOU and your friends can be the small business. You can build one which is easy nowadays with website creators like wix.com or shopify.com. Or you can easily sell your stuff at school! Find out if your friends sew and sell stuff on their own time and buy from them. And remember buying from small businesses is about supporting the person behind the business but it’s also about being interested and in love with the clothes too! 

Photo by S O C I A L . C U T on Unsplash 

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