Friday, November 25, 2016

Sharing the local love

I am NOT a fan of Black Friday because crowds = awful. Seriously. That's why I do most of my Christmas shopping back in October and avoid malls pretty much year-round.

(I had to run out yesterday for storage bins and I reeeeeally didn't want to.)

Full disclosure: I did just make *one* Black Friday purchase today, and I spent exactly $50.16 to get the $50-and-it's-free-shipping deal. I bought the clock radio I'd been planning to buy D (you can see the full run-down on what we're getting the kids for Christmas here) and threw in a retro game of Twister for the whole family (from Santa) and four of those stocking-sized Skittles books (one for each of us) so I'm pretty proud of that total. 

So the kids are done, but I still have nearly every adult left on my list. I've saved them specifically because tomorrow my totally awesome town is celebrating "A Little More Local Love." 
You get a passport and it's stamped at every store or restaurant where you make a purchase, any time on Saturday. Then you get the chance to win $800 in gift cards! It is SUCH a genius idea to get people out supporting local businesses.

I also love The Local Traveler's "The Local Wishlist," which is a buy-local shopping guide for all things Nova Scotia: food, stocking stuffers, experiences, clothes, jewelry, home decor, EVERYTHING.

So what if you're not in Truro ... or not even in Nova Scotia?

Here are some friendly reminders of where YOU (yes, you) can finish up your holiday shopping ...

  • Etsy shops! Support artisans in your own city/state/country or abroad. There are so many amazing gift ideas. 
  • Craft markets. They're like Etsy stores but IRL, guys. Awesome stuff. 
  • Farmers' markets. Lots of vendors have holiday deals on right now.
  • Locally-owned shops. Even spending $20 can mean a lot. These small business owners are so much more deserving of your shopping budget than a faceless big-box store.

Good luck finishing up your shopping, and I hope you do it locally!


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