It's time for the annual chat about shopping small, so if you aren't into thinking about that sort of thing, you might want to skip this post.
With all the hype about "Black Friday", "Cyber Monday" and "Small Business Saturday" sales, it seems a good time to take a moment and remember the reasons it is a good idea to shop small and shop local - not just during the holidays, but all year long. Eugene-Springfield is fortunate to have an abundance of independently owned local merchants to shop with and when you do, good things happen.A few benefits...
- Enjoy product expertise and service. Employees who work in small businesses know their products and are eager to help. You get more personalized service when shopping small than when shopping at large chain stores or on-line.
- Support your local economy. The money you spend in a local shop has more of an impact on your community. For every $100 spent at a locally owned shop, approximately $70 remains in the local economy. At a non-locally owned store, only about $43 of that $100 stays in the community while virtually no money stays local when shopping on-line. That means more money for local taxes that support our schools, police and fire, roads and social services when you shop small.
- Preserve community distinctiveness. Independenly owned shops are different from each other, providing a unique personality to a community rather than a "cloneville" look from one community to another.
- Fund local charitable programs. Economics studies show that locally owned businesses are more likely to support local non-profits/charities than large businesses.
I could go on and on. These are just a few of the benefits to shopping locally. It is true that we will never be competitive with the chain stores or on-line stores on price, but there is more at play here. During this season especially, it is hard to stay focused on the bigger picture, I hope this reminder helps
All of us at Piece by Piece are grateful for your loyalty all year long, and we will continue to do our best to make your experiences with us positive ones. Eugene-Springfield is full of shops like ours, with folks who care about your experiences as much as we do. On behalf of all of us - thanks for keeping it local!
We are celebrating being a small business this Saturday with a special oon solid fabrics (20% off), specially priced holiday fabrics (30% off) and Cookies from one of our favorite local shops - Cookies, Cookies!