Yep, you read that right. This coming Saturday is National Buy Local Day, a push back to Black Friday. Stores all over the country are offering special deals to their customers who support their local economy and keep their hometowns strong! And I'm challenging you to spend 75% of your shopping budget this year in The High Country.
According to the 11/24/14 issue of The Huffington Post, local business generates 70 percent more local economic activity per square foot than big box retail. Think of it this way. If you buy something from someone in your area you're saving on transportation costs, decreasing pollution and waste, supporting job growth, and creating 'niche' markets (like artisan made crafts and area restaurants). And putting food on the table for your neighbors and friends. To read the full article go to THP.
More importantly (at least to me), you're helping to create community. I love going to my local stores and knowing the employees there by name. It's great that if I can't find something my local storekeepers are more than willing to tell me where to go (literally). And a strong, self sufficient community can withstand any type of issue, problem, or attack. After all, that's what the Appalachians are about -- you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours. We take care of our own.
Hey, I'm not one of those fear mongers, But I am someone who knows that the main goal of many big box companies (banks included) is to grow. The more they grow, the less likely small businesses are able to compete. The Wisdom Tree does not buy 5 pallets of one item -- often we only purchase one or two pieces at a time, and pay a higher price per item because of this. Do you really think Sam Walton knows the name of all department heads in all the Walmarts in the world? Probably not.
I know many names of many people who work in our local store. And they recognize me, even if it's only as Tucker's caregiver! And I bet you know at least one person's name/face for every local store that you shop in, even those places which hire ASU students.. This to me is an incredible benefit of living in The High Country. Knowing you neighbors, who you can ask for help from or have a conversation about a problem with -- this is what make the Boone area a great place to live and work.
Even the federal government understands the importance of a strong local economy. The Small Business Association and the US Dept. of Labor cosponsored a recent study on the value of strong communities. Here's what they found out:
Pretty interesting huh? And things you don't hear about on the 6 pm news.
Local economies are the backbone of this country. And anyone who has had back problems know that without a strong, healthy structure the rest of the body suffers.
So instead of staying up all night trying to get those 'Black Friday Lose Leaders,' take a step back, see what's really important to our area, and support as many local businesses as you can.
And remember to do this every day, not just on Local Saturday.
Nancy Elizabeth Green
thinks that anything is possible. She loves to explore life with an open heart and a quantum mind. Come and enjoy the magic!