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Monday, January 10, 2011

Buy Local: Etsy

Please note on the right side of this blog, the "Buy Local" logo and "Local Etsy" choices. It is very important to shop and eat local in this crucial time in our economy. "If people can shift as much of their spending as possible to an area company, then those dollars can save a job or keep a local company open. It’s a critical time right now-and every single penny that stays in our community makes a difference." - winstonsalem.com Buy Local campaign. 

This is easier than you think. Eat at locally owned restaurants rather than chains. Often these restaurants buy from local farmers, so we all get much more local bang from your buck. Shop at farmers markets, locally owned businesses, consignment stores, such as Etc. Consignments, The Snob Shop, and resale stores such as the FABULOUS Re-tale; used book stores, such as Edward McKay's and local Etsy sellers. Local shopping is not only good for our local economy, but it's also good for the environment, as less fuel is used to transport items, less packaging, and in the case of used bookstores and consignment shops, these items are being reused rather than thrown in our landfills.

For those of you not familiar with "Etsy", it's an e-commerce site focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies. On the right side of the site is a box entitled "Ways to Shop". Under that heading is "Shop Local", then type in your town and state for a list of local crafts and vintage items galore! I'll be featuring local etsy sellers here on the right side of Southern as Biscuits for easy reference. I'll change them out weekly. I have personally bought from several of these local sellers, such as these adorable T-strap baby booties I bought from Monkey Toe Designs (she's a knitting wizard!). 

Have you had a good experience with a local etsy seller? Share with us. Enjoy and keep your money flowing around you! 

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