I love the idea of buying something from an individual rather than a huge company. I believe most of us feel this way, but the way the world is set up today makes it hard to only purchase small and/or locally. It takes a lot of time and research to find local options, made by creative and hardworking individuals right in your neighborhood.
Having two young children, for me a trip to the grocery store for dinner basics can feel overwhelming and daunting. I’d rather speed through the store and throw things into my cart than go from place to place picking up local cheese, bread and milk.
Although my current way is easier, I feel compelled to buy small. Not only is buying farm fresh produce healthier and better for the environment, it would be great to support these local business in my area. My desire to support small business goes beyond food. I would love to buy a birthday present for a friend from a small shop, owned by a person who is supporting themselves and family with their own handwork and creativity.
As it is for most things in life, it is easier to start small. I can’t jump into buying small with everything in my life. My kids would revolt if I didn’t buy their favorite cereal. But I can start small! Some local honey, purchasing from a fruit stand or farmers market. And birthday gifts? I’ll buy off Etsy!
This will be where I’ll document my journey. Buying small and local a little at a time. Maybe a year from now these small choices won’t seem as daunting. A local shopping trip wont seem nearly as impossible. Afterall, to quote Lao Tzu , “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”