Last week I realized, as most of us do, that I needed a custom made 3″ rubber stamp with a cleaver on it. Immediately. Who among us hasn’t been in that situation? So I did what you probably did when you realized you needed a 3″ rubber stamp with a cleaver on it. I walked straight to my laptop to start shopping. Actually, I was already at my laptop so what I did was, pull my chair in a little closer to my desk. It wasn’t so much a walk as a scooch.
I looked on the regular websites. The old standards like Amazon and Etsy. But both of those places said it would take 2-3 weeks before an order would even begin being processed. Plus I had to pay for shipping. I’m not sure what this stupid Internet thought I meant by “Immediately” when I thought it in my head, but they were wayyyyy off. By immediately I mean blink my eyes and there it is. Not click on a button, wait 3 weeks, wait another 2 weeks, wait a few more days and then stand at the front door for the next 5 days waiting some more. That’s not what I meant in my head when I thought “Immediately” at ALL.
Then the most interesting and implausible thought came to mind. MAYBE. Just MAYBE …. I. Could. Buy. It. Locally.
I ran (scooched) back to my keyboard and typed in my city and “custom rubber stamps”.
Instant results. I found Watson’s Engraving. They were local, inexpensive and could do the job IMMEDIATELY. As in, NOW. My stamp was done in just over a day. These people at Watsons Engraving clearly had a better idea of what was going on in my head than those Internet people.
I love my stamp.
It’s probably an unnatural love.
Right in my own town!
Which brings me to the point of all of this. Tomorrow (Saturday) is Shop Local Day. The day where you as shoppers are asked to support small businesses. So if you have some Christmas presents to buy, some food to pick up, instead of heading to Etsy, the mall (ick) or the ginormous grocery store head to your own neighbourhood. For me those local stores are Picones, The Keeping Room or The Kitchen Witch. Maybe I’ll even get some cookies at The Village Bakery. Who knows. For you … the stores will be something else.
And that’s what makes shopping local so great. It’s different in every neighbourhood, you’ll find stuff that you’d never find at the mall or even in a store one town over. Plus of course you’re supporting a person. Not a conglomeration. Your single purchase at the big box store doesn’t make any difference at all in terms of their bottom line. But spending that $50 in the local store could mean their son gets to continue piano lessons. Or join hockey. Or maybe they’re gonna spend it on a bottle of wine, who knows. I’m fine with any of those scenarios.
Big box stores are a part of our life and I don’t see that changing any time soon. I shop at them and you probably do too. But I also make sure to shop locally in my town. Sometimes I might forget about how much my town has to offer, but then something like the rubber stamp epiphany happens to remind me.
So I am here to remind you. Shop. Locally. This. Saturday.
The satisfaction (for everyone involved) will be IMMEDIATE.
Have a good weekend.