Buy Local campaign

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I am seeing a lot of people discussing how to "Buy Local" this holiday season. A B&B gift certicate really does do this for them. I am hoping to shout this out a bit.

PS I got this idea from the other thread but thought it needed its own as we are now in the holiday season.

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If every American spent only $64 a year on buying something "made in America" then that would create 200,000 jobs.

 

(I am in no means trying to start political discussions here, I know it sounds that I am, not trying to). I get the buy local, shop local theme vs buy American - I have written an article about giving the gift of the great outdoors via a gift certificate for a Virginia State Park.  No more tchotchkes.  Unfortunaltely we are addicted to the happy meal toys...as a nation. We learn early on to want them.

On a side note, I have shared this before. Our local McDonalds is yes, a chain, but gives so much back to our community.  He buys all the beef locally, and only USA made products, like potatoes, etc. The highest grossing mcdee's in 3 states, and in this little town, Meanwhile right next door is Bur  g  er  k  ing with no one in the drive thru, ever.  I can go on and on with the accolades of this couple who owns the mcdees, but you get the idea.  Best service around. Quality. It is all about quality!

So yes, we need to do what we feel is right, if we know about it we can put our buck to the best use!  

Speaking of Mcdonalds:

McDonald's and LivingSocial Team Up - Restaurant News - QSR magazine 

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 So I just got back from a dept. store here. I bought a holiday top. The ONLY one in the whole store I could find that was made in the USA!  It was not my favorite, but I am trying to not buy things made outside the US unless I have absolutely no other choice.

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There was discussion on Facebook amongst my friends about Target and Best Buy being local so do they count. It is a relative thing. If you are buying a knick knack from a local store that was made in China isn't that better then buying the same thing at Walmart? A little bit right? The profit stays in town.

My whole problem is I am a huge free market person. I do not think paying more for ineffiency is that smart. If the knick knack is 10% cheaper at Walmart, and I can 50 other things to get my day done faster... Hard to fight that.

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 So I saw another buy local newsletter and clicked on it (in a nearby city) and what do you know a hallmark store where everything is made in china.  I had to pause. I had to think. Is this what buying local means? I know it is a family owned business, but everything in the blinkin' store is made in china.

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I spent more than I usually would on a friend to buy something i thought she would like and wear - BUT I paid wht I did because I know it was made by one of the shop owners - one of the Shab by Ch ic Sis Ters. Local and handmade.

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I spent more than I usually would on a friend to buy something i thought she would like and wear - BUT I paid wht I did because I know it was made by one of the shop owners - one of the Shab by Ch ic Sis Ters. Local and handmade.

I will use the blog to feature locally handmade items, made in the USA.

I hope everyone here considers doing the same. If you cannot think of something to blog about, feature a local shop or artisan (we have done this on the innteractiveinns blog).

I just blogged about a CD that is actually quite remarkable, anyone who buys it is in for a real treat! (and there are dozens of local musicians that are well known around here, but this is something special - Appalachian style).

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Ihave been brow-beating the Sisters to get a web site so I can link to them.  I have used my blog to blog about several of the shops in town. I will take a photo of the vest I bought and I got the CD from New Hampshire yesterday so I can include it as another possibility for those who like their dollars to also go to charities. Will do a photo of the cover and try to find the link again. shame on me for my quick clean out the inbox lately.

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Unfortunately, buying local is a completely different thing than "Buy American"   Buy local just means supporting local businesses no matter where their products come from. But for me...I will say to them, I am not buying this because it in not made in America. I dont' need more China junk.  Most of my gifts this year are handmade by me or by the Holy Cross Monastery in Berryville VA. Check them out...their stuff is so yummy!

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Our chamber of commerce has Chamber Dollars. Great idea but sort of amazed that this is the first I had heard of it.

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 http://www.the350project.net/locals_love_you_more_home.html

 

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For the second year, our Development Authority has paid for radio/TV ads titled Shop Shinnston. We have told the business community that from here on, it is up to them to handle this. The City (and its Boards) can only do so much. It is the responsibility of the businesses to organize and share the ad costs - the City has done its part in helping them get started. Unfortunately when these ads or articles (we were featured in a Foundation annual report that mentioned businesses) are done, the B & B that helped getthe City started on branding and tourism is rarely (if ever) mentioned. That is starting to rankle to the point of me thinking about mentioning it.

The only shopping I have done so far out of town, is a CD by a harper in Keene, NH that I found out about in a newsletter from a Keene B & B. 100% of the funds go to the whatever organization that is helping get the area back on its feet after the Irene flooding.

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 Our town is really pushing this for the holiday season and all year for that matter. We have a blogger doing local shopping and blogging about it. Here's a little show I did for them.

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I just went to the Sha bby Ch ic Sisters - a shop owned by 5 sisters who collected things all their lives - and besides being able to give the commerial for the B & B, bought a really bright and pretty patchwork vest made by one of the sisters as a Christmas present for a friend. I saw a lady on the street and she said it was her first time here - she lives about 25 miles away. VERY  nice!!

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 K who was it on this forum (or the about.com) who had made the innkeeper patchwork apron-like uniform for innkeepers? (It was just for her but I felt it was a great innkeeper uniform) I really loved that, I forgot who shared that with us yonks ago. Big pockets, handy apron-smock thingy, very colorful.

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I am sorry, I really do not remember. But I will tell Charlene and I bet she will make one.

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

 K who was it on this forum (or the about.com) who had made the innkeeper patchwork apron-like uniform for innkeepers? (It was just for her but I felt it was a great innkeeper uniform) I really loved that, I forgot who shared that with us yonks ago. Big pockets, handy apron-smock thingy, very colorful.

Of that person ever comes back around-- I'll buy one!!! Love my aprons Smiling

 

 

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The local merchants in my small town created a town-wide motto: "We've laid off gloom and doom in <my town>. When shopping in <my town> you will be served by smiling people who are proud of their work and are proud to be part of our wonderful community." 

Each store in town has this prominently displayed in the front window and a smaller version within their store.

 

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I created a coupon book of discounts of get something free for the merchants in town. The City prints them up (I made them 3-up on a regular sheet of paper) and puts them in the Welcome to Shinnston packet they give to new water customers - first thing new residents do is get the water turned on. It is designed to get people in the shops. I also print them here for my guests to the shops they may visit (no plumbing shop or barber). The Economic Development Authority has paid for a series of commercials to help our business district of small shops titled Shop Shinnston. It will take a while to see if this helps, but it is a start.

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You shared this with me before. I think  it is a great idea! Even if they don't use it, the information of what stores and services are close by will stick.

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Here is my tweet from today:

 

Wake up some place special... buy local...get a B&B gift certificate this year! Give an experience, not "stuff" it's a great idea!

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I like it!

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Think (name of your town) First

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Think (name of your town) First

Not sure i want to do that in that a facebook idea could grow. I live in two cites and my B&B is in a third so what is local for me? I was thinking maybe the US is local for my B&B... yeah think big ahahahhah

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"Give the gift of jobs and prosperity this Holiday Season, Buy Local." Any opion on this? Too wordy? Too much? Was thinking of getting a facebook campaign in my area going as we have lots of great facebook pages for the local businesses. The chamber of commerce is on board so thought maybe small window signs also.

"Give the gift of jobs and prosperity, Buy Local this Holiday Season."

The second one is better for caps spacing.

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