The Importance of Shop Small Saturday

Hi all! I haven't written a blog in a minute and thought I'd share a few thoughts.

As some of you may know, this past Saturday, November 29th, was Shop Small Saturday. I was out participating (maybe a little TOO much!) in Shop Small Saturday out on 39th Street in Kansas City, MO. Shops I visited and purchased from include:
Noir Arts & Oddities - (Shirt for my boyfriend, who loves spooky stuff as much as I do!)
Retro Vixen - (Purchased a cute Fluff makeup bag with pinup mermaids on it)
White Light Books & Crystals - (Various supplies of the incense variety for the home, plus some essential oils for my homemade Febreze)
Prospero's Books - (Checked out the many, many books here.)
Donna's Dress Shop - (Sadly, I've yet to find anything in my size that I'd wear, but there are many, many cute dresses here.)
Aladdin Cafe - (Ate a lovely late lunch of Shawarma, falafel and hummus, and lentil soup.)
I later bought items online from two local Kansas City businesses:
Scarlett Garnet - (They had online sales & I purchased their Saloon Window necklace - I potentially could have purchased one of their beautiful jewelry pieces at Donna's Dress Shop, but, then I saw their online deals.)
Hangups In KC - (They are friends of mine from the Handmade in Kansas City group, and I have been eyeing their key earrings, as small keys are very hard to find, as well as a flute key necklace, because I used to play the flute!)

I chose 39th Street because my friend Pam just opened Noir Arts & Oddities, plus it's an area I don't always get to visit, and there are plenty of great shops and restaurants within walking distance of each other! (I even have some jewelry items in Noir Arts & Oddities now, so if you ever stop in.. check it out!) It's really a great area of Kansas City to visit on any day, but I thought I would support some of the local shops.

Some of you may not be aware of the the importance of Small Business Saturday in your community. The important thing to remember is that, when you live in a community, you support each other, or at least, you should. Your taxpayer dollars go into your local area, and if you have great shops in your local area, you build each other up rather than dragging each other down. Significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms.

Also, if you happen to love an area shop, in order to keep them in business, it benefits both of you to purchase from that shop. This should be fairly obvious, but some people are too busy to really understand this. Shop diversity also keeps things fun and unique. If we stop shopping at our local retailers, only the big box, name brand stores will be left, and I notice a startling lack of diversity and even boring items in many of these stores. That's why I try to shop in the West Bottoms so much, is because I love what they are doing down there.

Shopping local also reduces environmental impact and provides jobs in your local area. Urban sprawl is reduced by small businesses and many small businesses buy from other small businesses or people, such as area vendors, like myself. Small businesses provide a large number of jobs locally as well.

This article provides more in-depth information on this topic, but overall, I think it's very important to shop local, and Small Business Saturday provides us with a great opportunity to do so. It's also a great reminder of shopping local in the community and helps bring it to light!

Handmade Holiday Boutique - November 22, 2014 at The Myriad House

On November 22, 2014 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, The Myriad House, located at 4448 Bell Street, Kansas City, MO 64111, will be hosting ten handmade vendors, some of which are members of Handmade in Kansas City! We will have clothing, costumes, jewelry, needlework, vintage items, accessories, mixed media, home decor, and natural jams and jellies! Come keep warm and out our goods while sipping some coffee, and pass along the info to your friends. There will be gift bags with all sorts of goodies for the first fifty visitors, and this will be a really unique and fun event!

The Myriad House is a lovely coffee shop with sandwiches, baked goods, Italian soda and gelato, along with attractive vintage furnishings, decor, and antiques, all housed in a beautiful old Victorian house. It's worth a visit on any day and especially on November 22 this year!

Originally wrote this for Handmade in Kansas City and sharing since I wrote it and want people to know about this event!