5 Reasons Why I “Shop Small”

Downtown is full of small business, the kind of places were you walk in the owner is working the cash register or bustling around arranging things and helping customers.

I <3 that type of customer service I love knowing that I’m helping someone fulfill their dreams and help their families.

When you shop small, you’re making a difference in the lives of the families who run those business you’re showing them that you care about the love and effort they put into their stores.

For me, I love shopping for Mom & Baby items. Unfortunately there aren’t very many options where I live. But in just a few short weeks we will finally have a fantastic option that I’m excited to try out. I’m hoping they will be open for Small Business Saturday so I can get some goodies for the baby (and me too).

Here are my favorite 5 reasons to shop Small Business Saturday

1. Customer Service–More often than not the customer service provided by small businesses is far superior to big box stores. They NEED you as a customer so they will often go above and beyond to make sure that you’re happy!

2. Unique Items–Small businesses tend to have more unique items so instead of you and everyone and their Mom having the same shirt, piece of jewelry etc you will have different items!

3. It Supports your *local* Economy–Suffice it to say that if you’re purchasing from a local business they’re putting their money back into the economy, paying their local workers, shopping at other small businesses etc.

4. It’s Delicious–When you pick a local Mom &  Pop restaurant instead of a chain the food is usually better and always has a local flair that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.  So while you’re out shopping all your local small business don’t forget to grab lunch at your favorite LOCAL spot!

5. You Feel Good About Yourself–When you spend your money at a local business you can feel good about yourself, you’re helping a family in your area AND yourself!

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for American Express. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.
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Comments

  1. Jayme says

    The customer service is one of the best reasons about shopping a local small town business! I live in a small town so our only options for the most part are small business’ or online. 🙂

  2. says

    I love knowing that my $ is going directly to an individual or family! I also feel like you get better customer service because they depend on you and ACTUALLY care about your experience. We always use local companies for around the house and I always shop on Small Business Saturday!

  3. Jenna says

    I love finding little unique items in the local stores around me. They always have locally made toys and clothing and home decor. I have a favorite natural parenting store in town and they are always super helpful. Every time I’ve asked if they carry an item that I was interested in, but couldn’t find it on the shelves, they have ordered it special for me. They even call when it comes in. Best customer service ever.

  4. Jen Bellon says

    I really love small business Saturday! I like to shop small because I find that many times you find unique items that you can't find in a chain store. Also, as others have said, the customer service is generally so much better in these small establishments.

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