One subject near and dear to my heart is the support of local small businesses and entrepreneur. When we buy local, we are helping our own citizens in our local area to get ahead. Sure, we can buy cheaply manufactured junk from box-mart, but that supports industry and doesn’t do as much to help our communities directly.
When possible, I always advocate for purchasing handmade items that were prepared not only in our country, but with the love and creativity and talent of a fellow crafter or artist. Whenever possible, buy in small stores and even directly from local producers directly.
Support Local Crafters & Artists
There’s just something about handmade isn’t there? I mean, that’s why we are so into what we do. It isn’t about the money (if you’re in it for the money only you’re probably going to have a rude awakening because it’s a lot of hard work)
More, we creatives do what we do because we love it. We have a need to use our creativity to reach out to others. When I share my designs and my work, even my writing – I am sharing a piece of myself that I hope will have a positive impact on others.
Sometimes, it’s important to remind others that their support of local creatives is a good thing for so many reasons. Yes, times are tough economically and this makes it where many can’t afford to shop for handmade luxury items as much as they otherwise would. For this reason, it is extremely important to say “Thank you” and to let them know why their choice to purchase from you means so much.
I do this by hanging signs. In fact, I made one that you can download and print off in .pdf format. Print it on a good quality paper or card stock, frame it and place it on your table or hang it in your booth. People will notice and it will encourage them to maybe consider purchasing at the fair they are attending. These signs help everyone. They help the vendors and the customers both.
Free Printable Sign
You can print and use the sign yourself. Download it in high resolution, pdf format from this link: thanks for buying handmade
I ask that you NOT place my printables on your own website. Direct people back here to download and support my work. Thank you.