I really think that if you buy Locally designed &/or produced items you feel Happier.
(Obviously I do have rather a bias - as a Local Producer/Shopkeep.
But I do try to practice what I preach - except for opshopping
but I think that is a lovely companion to buying Local!!!
There is so much more satisfaction in buying a limited-run or even a one-off item from someone local, particularly if you know or meet the person who actually made it.
At Blackbird Corner our clothing, bags, badges & cards are mostly designed/produced by myself (Nici); my hubby (Sean); my sister (Jenni) & my niece (Freyja Moon).
My old friends (Tori, Kenny & Elisabeth) and more recent friends made through the shop (Onnie, Jazz, Grace, Ellen, Rose, Sarah, Kristie & Fiona) complete the ensemble nicely!
Now I am not "Ms Wholesome Virtue 2009".
We certainly don't ever intend to come over as superior!
We don't even ONLY sell Locally Made goods!
We also sell a massive range of retro toys, postcards & accessories from all over this planet!We are a rather nostalgic group. If we see something at one of our (trillion) suppliers which jogs a long lost memory - we'll order it on the spot!
Thus the huge assortment of wind up toys, placcy rings, chinese finger traps & Fortune Fish has found their way onto the shelves!
We didn't plan for that to happen I swear!!!!!
Anyways I must cease this RAMBLING & get back to the dreaded end-of-month paperwork!!!
I'd rather be sewing!