As a buyer, you have so many options in front of you when you’re choosing gifts, home decor or even if you just want to #treatyoself. You may have heard the term “shop local” before, but never really given it much thought. But really, shopping small is one of the best ways you can support makers and your community.
There’s nothing quite like finding an item that’s uniquely yours. Start shopping small and making an impact on your community. Here’s why you should have the goal of shopping local this year.
1. Makers are REAL people
So often, we buy goods and probably don’t think about where it came from or who did the work to create an item that we love. But makers and small business owners are real people who are creating things by hand for you to enjoy. That means each item created has time, dedication and lots of love put into it, setting it apart from commercial goods.
2. Your Money Supports The Community
If you’ve been looking for a way to get more involved in your community, start by pledging to spend money at local establishments. This money goes right back into the community to employ more neighbors and build more business in the area.
3. You’ll Always Find Something Unique
Do you have a friend who you can’t ever seem to find the right gift for? Maybe you’re looking for some jewelry or home decor to really stand out. By shopping local, you can find one-of-a-kind items that are sure to impress.
4. You’ll Support The Arts
From photography and candle making to embroidery, these are all art forms that need your support to continue. By purchasing a locally made good, you can support the skilled makers that work hard to perfect their craft and hope to have others enjoy their work.
5. You Can Get To Know Your Neighbors
When you’re shopping local, you’re buying from people that live in your town or neighborhood. If you attend a local market or shop, you are likely to meet the person that makes the products. They might even live on your block. It’s a great way to get to know your community better and connect with others.
Are you ready to shop local? There’s a few ways to do so, especially in Chicago. Shops like Collectiv carry goods exclusively from local makers. There are many one-of-a-kind items that rotate on a regular basis so you’ll always find something new. You can also try finding a local market in your neighborhood, where you can actually meet the maker and the goods they produce. Say hello and get to know them, you may even make a new friend! Finally, do some research and find local businesses and makers where you may be able to make online purchases. Etsy is a great resource for this as well as Facebook marketplace.
Stop into Collectiv today, located at 5743 W. Irving Park Road. Our staff is happy to make some suggestions so you can find the perfect locally made item.