I have been participating in an Instagram challenge that Guildford Town Centre has been putting on the whole month of April. It is a photo challenge with daily prompts and the prize that is up for grabs? A $500 gift card to spend, pretty awesome right?! I have tried for most of it to step out and do a little more of a unique photo on what the prompt is asking. Today it’s #productjunkie. As I was collecting all the products that I love around my house I noticed that everything is either from a local shop or a small business. Which got me to thinking, surprise there right? Anyway, although I do love to shop at the mall which I do as well I also have a huge passion for supporting these businesses.
Here is why I think it matters that we all should leave a little room in our wallets to do so as well.
1.) You are helping to support either a stay at home mom or a family
Family run businesses always seem to have that true passion for what they are creating. They aren’t just some large corporation or factory pumping out the same thing over and over again as the CEO collects. You are also helping to support these families with enrolling their child (if they have children) into extra activities or if they need extra support for education etc. Where before they wouldn’t have been able to.
*Disclaimer on this one. I know that there are large corporations out there that are doing great things. Who treat employees with respect and using the money they are making wisely. I also know that it helps to provide others with jobs who may not have that entrepreneur aspect in them. However, I feel that we need to think more when we spend our dollar and like I said save room to support local and small.*
2.) You are able to build a relationship with the owner.
I have met amazing boss ladies, yes, boss ladies rocking their stuff! I have loved getting to know them personally and also partnering together as a blogger with a few. I know the face behind the products, I know that they care and will fix an issue right away if there is one.
3.) You know where the product is coming from
All of the companies that I have chosen to support are not getting people in foreign countries to produce their product. They are either doing it themselves or in a sustainable, moral way. Along with knowing where it is coming from both the makeup and skin care that I go with are vegan, toxic free and cruelty-free.
These days almost everything is the same. When you buy from a local shop you are getting something unique with chances that your friend won’t be showing up to an event wearing the same thing as you unless you want too of course. They make for a great gift as well. Mother’s Day is coming!
5.) Empowering others
A lot of the companies that I choose to go with are helping not only to support their families but also giving back in many, many ways as well.
Companies pictured above are:
For other great companies please check out the Shop Local tab above.