Thursday, May 22, 2008

Shopping Local

Lately I've been on a big kick of shopping local. I have been doing most of my grocery shopping at my local farmers market, going to the mom & pop corner store for my every day items, attending craft fairs for gifts (to my friends & myself), and only eating at independently owned eateries (no McDonald's for me). The idea is to keep the money local so more of my community benefits from it and less will go over seas or other states to fatten old guys pockets. This has lead to some guilt when shopping on etsy. Ideally I would do all of my shopping within the bay area.
I know a lot of you feel the same way so I put together this etsy mini of some of my favorite local bay area etsy items/sellers.
Starting from the top: left to right
1. Leafy Thank You Cards by BemiDesigns.etsy.com
2. Fawn Coin Purse by birdversusbird.etsy.com
3. Hudson Napkins by christinawilliams.etsy.com
4. Vegan Perfume by DaisyWares.etsy.com
5. 3 Dimensional Leaf Charm by emilyeps.etsy.com
6. Mrs. Peacock earrings by iamerica.etsy.com
7. Rosary Soap by SmellsandBells.etsy.com
8. The Botany Purse by theseawithin.etsy.com
9. Amber Dreams Necklace by TruBlue.etsy.com

So shop away and feel good about supporting local Bay Area artist AND our local economy.


5 comments:

Sweet Figments said...

it's nice to see that you're doing what you can to supporting your community.

TexasTesla said...

To me, shopping on etsy is the next best thing to local. Small sellers, handmade crafts - there's no starving chinese kid being exploited, and no CEO flying around the country in a jet.

Don't feel so guilty! If you can't find something local, Etsy is definitely your next best step.

TheresaJ said...

I completely support shopping locally as well as supporting small businesses. For me, Etsy falls into the small business category.

I live in a small SF Bay Area town that has a small market with, of course, high prices, yet I do most of my shopping there as I think, as a community, we should support this small business. We are lucky to have it in town, and I much prefer it to jumping in my car and driving for 10-15 minutes, one way, to get to the closest large chain grocery store. If the community wants this, even for the sake of convenience on occasion, they need to support it.

I've never given a lot of thought to shopping locally on Etsy, as one of the things I love about it is that it has brought the world together as a crafting community in one place, and I like that, but I will give it some though now. At the very least, I look forward to hopefully doing some local events with other SFEtsy team members.

Sew Bettie said...

I think shopping local is awesome (so is shopping Etsy!)Local shopping is also better for the environment since it cuts down on transportation pollution.

Little Dickens Designs said...

Hello folks on the other side of the country. You are making me really miss they days when I lived in the Bay Area. I totally agree, buying local and handmade when you can is where it's at. Getting back to basics!

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