At Christmas time I would much rather buy handmade or items from small businesses. I really believe in supporting small businesses rather than the large corporate chains. Supporting small, local businesses means you are helping to keep them in business which is a really great thing for our economy and it can make a huge difference to a family. It’s increasingly difficult for small businesses like mine to keep going as we are competing against large retail giants. It always breaks my heart to see a small butcher or produce shop being forced to close because Woolworths, or the like, use aggressive marketing tactics in a campaign to shut them down. So I thought I’d share a bit of a Christmas guide to some of the goodies I have in my online shop Sew Crafty Living.
If you are a crafty type we have stamps and washi tape. I’ve also got a super range of items for snail mailers – stationery, stickers. I have my own range of handmade gifts and I’ve also got cute kawaii style gifts for everyone. Sewing goodies including books, cute tape measures and other haberdashery items. And some really cool Christmas stuff. Nothing is over $40.00.
Clockwise from left:
1. Fruit Salad Felt Necklace – $35.00; Kiwifruit Brooch – $15.00; Be Awesome Felt Banner – $35.00; Superhero Brooch – $15
2. Pack of 10 small brights washi tape – $10.00; Alphabet Stamps – $12.50; Anne of Green Gables Stamp Set – $22.00
3. Christmas Tree Memo Holder – $4.50; Baby Reindeer Kokka Fabric Button – $2.50; Riley Blake Santa’s Workshop Fabric – $20.00/metre; Jacquard Ribbon Christmas Snowman – $3.00/metre
4. Mini Letter Set – $2.00; Floral Deco Sticker Set – $4.00
5. Kid’s Crafternoon Sewing Book – $29.95; Colette Pattern – $18.00; Kawaii Pink Bear Tape Measure – $10.00; Heather Bailey Saturday Market Bag Pattern – $20.00; Embroidery Scissors – $9.00
6. Kawaii Card Holder – $2.00; Iwako Bakery Set Erasers – $6.00; Mini Floral Purse – $4.00
I love this following quote – author unknown:
“When you buy from a small business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home. You are helping a Mum or Dad put food on the table, pay a mortgage, get dance lessons for a little girl, a football jersey for a little boy or helping a student pay for university.
Our customers are our shareholders – and they are the ones we strive to make happy. Thank you for supporting small businesses.”
If you haven’t visited my online shop you should pop over. We have lots of new items being added all the time. And will have plenty of sales as well. It is perfect for crafters.
There are so many talented people out there and we have so much choice. You really should never have to step foot inside a Big W or Kmart.
How is your Christmas shopping going? Have you made any Christmas gifts yourself? Do you buy from local makers?