Monthly Handmade Style Guide- Small Business Saturday

This months style guide is in honor of the upcoming small business Saturday on November 26th, and all of the amazing reasons you should support handmade and small shops.

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Consider all the small business that surround you now, how they have thrived with customers just like you.The time, commitment, and effort that these small business have put into staying alive is worth your support. The personal commitment that folks put into their  small businesses show in the hands on customer service they give, the packaging in their products,  and the effort they have gone to to make unique handmade products for you to give to your loved ones.

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Local businesses are also more likely to give back to the community.Small businesses bring economic advantages; when you buy local more money stays within the community. One Chicago study found that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remained in the city while only $43 of each $100 spent at a chain retailer. Also, when local residents shop at small businesses within their communities, their tax dollars stay within the local economy, helping to improve their community as a result.

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Also , I have preached wholly on why buying handmade benefits you, the economy, the earth, and so many other ways, but here are a few reasons why you should consider handmade:

  • No 2 handmade items are exactly the same, each is unique and special, and you own the honor of having the only one like it.
  • Handmade products are usually made in a more environmentally sustainable way than mass produced ones.
  • Handmade items are not made by children in sweatshops in Third World countries making 10 cents a day. Experienced and trained crafts-folk are making your items; and while you may pay a bit more, this reason alone should inspire you to support handmade.
  • When you take your money and hand it to a handmade artisan, you are saying ” I support what  you do” and you are supporting quality over the quantity of huge conglomerates.

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Without further ado I would like to offer a list of my favorite handmade businesses online that you can shop from, in the comfort of your home. Please be sure to support local business this small business Saturday. You will be offering more change to this earth than you know:

1.) www.dramatiquedesigns.com – Upcycled clothing and accessories

2.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/laranoelledesigns – Crochet accessories and Clothing items

3.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/BoogaBug– Custom  clothing and accessories for youngsters

4.) https://www.etsy.com/shop/JoyfulArtExpressions – Hand-painted Quote Art

5.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/TinyOwlKnitsPatterns – Adorable knitting patterns

6.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/LunaPines – Natural Raw Crystal Jewelry

7.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/LoreTree – Handmade Clothing & Bridal Gowns

8.) http://www.mountaingirlclothing.com/ – Upcycled clothing

9.) https://www.etsy.com/shop/LeaflingBags – Handmade waterproof leaf bags and backpacks

10.)https://www.etsy.com/shop/MadameHall – Exotic Indian clothing for women

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                                                                    XOXO Fans,

Dramatique Erin

Think big, shop small

Please support “Small Business Saturday” on November 28th! as a thank you, use code “smallbusiness” in my shop on 11/28 when checking out, and receive 15% off your purchase! Shop @ http://www.dramatiquedesigns.etsy.com
 
What are some of the reasons you should buy handmade?
 
Work done by hand takes less energy than a mass production assembly line, which makes it more environmentally sustainable.
 
Buying handcrafted products creates jobs! One study found that shifting just 10 percent of consumer spending in a particular area to locally owned businesses would create hundreds of new jobs and millions of dollars in local wages.
 
Handcrafted products make you feel happier! The knowledge that a product was handmade contributes to the feeling of a more positive experience because there is a relate-able,and more familiar back story.
 
You are buying MORE than just a product! buying handmade means you are contributing to helping build that person’s dream of taking their business to the next level.
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