Sunday, 30 November 2014
I went to a lovely craft fair yesterday intending to buy a few bits for Xmas presents, who was I fooling, of course I ended up buying bits for myself, and lovely bits they were too. Locally made crafts don't have to be expensive, there are usually little things that don't cost the earth if you are on a tight budget. Often though people think craft items are expensive without realising how many hours went into making them.
Now I don't want to come across as all 'preachy' here. Your money is yours to spend on what you want, but perhaps you would consider looking in the little local shops when you are out Xmas shopping. The independently owned butchers, greengrocers, bakers, toy shops, music stores, book shops and craft shops. Go to local markets, get your Xmas trees from local growers and farm gate sellers. Yes some things may be a bit more expensive, or they may not be, it is worth taking a look. I recently bought some wool from a local wool shop that was cheaper than they were charging in a national budget store.
My motto is 'less is more'. I would rather buy one locally made item than several cheaper mass produced things. I love going into towns that have lots of little independent, locally owned shops. The sad thing is, if we don't support them they will not survive. There has been a huge decline in the number of butchers, bakers and candlestick makers as the supermarkets dominate everything and drive them out of business. Sadly the high streets are all beginning to look the same with their chain stores all looking identical to hundreds of others in towns across the country.
I have a Cornish food box delivery every week that contains only food produced in Cornwall and pays the producers a fair price. The milk, eggs and meat are from local farms so I know they have been checked by the company to ensure that their welfare standards are good. Last year I made up hampers of Cornish produce for Xmas presents, supporting local businesses and no shipping things halfway across the world so better for the environment. The money went into the local economy and not into shareholders pockets. But I also supported charities, this year as usual I got my cards from NACC, the Crohns Association as my son has Crohns disease. The money will go into research to find a cure for this terrible disease, and supporting sufferers. Not local but 'close to home'. There are lots of local charities that need your support for local hospices etc.
I'll get off my soap box now :)
Which local shops do you like to buy from?
I'm going to be making a chocolate cake with kidney beans later.....yes you read that correctly. I will let you know how it turns out.
Welcome to Margaret :)