Today is Cyber Monday, but it's also a great day to shop local in Seattle
The early reports are in. Consumers nationwide set new shopping records this past weekend.
Spending figures will likely soar after Cyber Monday.
I did some shopping at chain stores over the weekend, so count me among those who feel tempted to do the rest of their holiday shopping online. So convenient. Such great deals. No need to fight obnoxious crowds or experience car wars in crowded parking lots.
But I won't, because our local businesses need all the help they can get this time of year. I'm not talking about the big storefronts. I'm talking about the indie shops in my neighborhood that may be a little pricier, but offer me the option of being more creative about how and what I give to my family members.
Today's op-ed column by Maria Semple reminds us that we've got a lot of great stores that are right in our backyard:
I’m asking you to join me in resisting the impulse to do your Christmas shopping in a flurry of clicks. Instead, figure out a way to get to your favorite little shops, ones that would deal you a body blow were you to discover they’ve vanished.
Just a few days ago, I wrote our Black Friday editorial arguing for something similar:
Consumers should also consider the difference they could make by patronizing small businesses for their Christmas shopping. Supporting Washington-owned stores and investing in locally made products keeps more money circulating in the regional economy. It also protects and creates jobs.
It's easy to write about buying local.
I need a plan of action, though. This morning, I researched online and found a couple snazzy tools for extra motivation.
Join me and take the free Gift Local pledge, too.
It's a promise to shop at least three independent businesses this holiday season. (Need an extra nudge? Signing up will also you get you a 'thank you' package in the mail with special offers from local businesses.)
Have other ideas for buying local this holiday season? Post your comments below.
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