9 Reasons You Should 'Shop Small'
Start writing a post

9 Reasons You Should 'Shop Small'

The era of Walmart, Macy's and other huge chain stores is over - it's time to start shopping small and supporting the businesses that grow in our own communities.

shop, farmer, farmers market, market, business, local, produce, buy


Many have heard that phrase before, but not everyone truly understands it. Some hear it and ask, "Why? Why should I bother shopping at small/local shops when I could easily just go to a chain like Walmart instead?"

Well, there are LOTS of reasons to shop locally. After all, local businesses are incredibly valuable - they contribute to the local economy by bringing employment opportunities, growth and innovation to communities. Plus, let's be honest: ANY reason to not go to Walmart is a good reason...

Read on for the top nine reasons to shop small, for the benefit of both you and your community:

Small businesses give directly back to your community by paying taxes, unlike a multinational chain store.

They provide more local job opportunities.

Meanwhile, the expansion of large chain stores actually takes away millions of jobs across the country each year.

Instead of making you deal with a large company that outsources its customer service, small businesses provide an attentive, one-on-one and less complicated customer service experience.

Small business owners and employees are more likely to be personally invested in and knowledgable about the products in their inventory.

As a result, you know you are getting a sincere, personal touch when it comes to helping you find what you need.

Small businesses are also more likely to hire industry experts or those with specific product expertise.

Thus, you'll most likely always be dealing with someone who actually knows the ins and outs of their industry - unlike with a large company that only educates its staff to a certain level.

Small businesses don't source from the same mass-producers that chain stores do, meaning their products are much more unique and exclusive.

Why blend in when you can stand out, right? In contrast, practically all clothes, appliances and other products from chain stores look the same nowadays because they are ordered from the same suppliers.

Local businesses utilize other local services in your community like banks, farms, designers, contractors, etc.

By supporting one local business, you're actually supporting them all!

Local business owners also provide a lot of support for non-profits in the area.

It's measured that non-profits receive as much as 350% more money from local businesses than from non-local ones.

Shopping small can reduce your carbon footprint!

Because local businesses attract mostly local purchases, there's less transportation required - instead of taking long drives out to a chain store, you can source locally and reduce your contribution to pollution, traffic, and resource and habitat depletion.

To sum up, shopping locally helps foster communities through casual encounters, building relationships between buyers and sellers and promoting cohesiveness among residents. We have the chance to help build our communities up to the best they can be by supporting local shops and businesses - let's take it!

Report this Content
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments