…Or why, in my opinion, you should buy handmade and shop local.
Got ya, didn’t I? You thought I was going to through a long drawn out dissertation about how fast food is bad for you, and why Wal-Mart is evil. This is a completely different post on that matter, and it has nothing to do with nutrition or all the things you find that are made China, and there are a lot of those items out there.
No, I am going to give you my opinion and only my opinion out of observations and personal feelings. Traveling with the hubby, I have seen small towns with the same depressing scenes, closed store fronts of small businesses that couldn’t compete with the big box stores, and small cafes that couldn’t compete with the fast food “I want it now.” society.
Why buy handmade? Because it was not built by a cold calculating machine programmed to turn out items made with inferior materials that will break within a month or two of use. Because the person you’re buying from uses that money, not for shareholders, and CEOs, but for mortgages, shoes, food,
and the everyday things that people who work a blue collar job purchase. Yes, and because we are nicer, and take time to listen, and even, in a lot of cases, will be more than happy to make something exactly the way you want it, and we’re not happy until you are. Sound familiar? Sounds like true customer service, right? That’s what it is. Those of us who make things by hand take the time to know you and what you want, and we don’t guess at what we think you want. We won’t upsell you for the sake of a commission, and we won’t talk you into something you don’t want. We want to you to be happy with your whole experience. We want you to tell your friends and family. Why? Because, when you’re happy, that is best advertising we could ever ask to receive. Best of all, if you have a problem with something you bought from us, we will do everything we can to fix it. We won’t ask if you want a refund, and we won’t try to sell you something completely different. You bought that specific thing from a crafts-person, and that is what you want fixed, and we will fix it, no arguments, no problems, we just want you to be happy.
Now, why eat locally? Why go to a mom and pop cafe and eat and not a Mickey D’s, Burger King, or Denny’s chain. First of all, you will be greeted at the door with a warm welcome and not some trained response. You will be given real food, and enough for your money. You will be treated like you have come to visit an old friend, and not shuffled of to the side to wait for your order or wonder where the heck your server went. Yes, you can get a cheaper burger across the street, but everytime you do that, you aid the closing of another small business that uses that money for employees, to keep their
doors open, and to keep a roof over their heads. How do you know what’s in your burger from the small cafe? They are proud to tell you that it’s beef with no fillers. Yes, it’s more than a dollar, but it also comes with fries, a smile, and sometimes, a joke to brighten your day. When they say, “Come again.” They mean it, and it’s not just scripted. They won’t try to add to your order by selling you food you didn’t want originally, and they will be more than happy to make it to order. If it isn’t right, you won’t see a sour face, or a worried one, but a face that genuinely wants to know where they went wrong, and they will do anything to make it right. They won’t automatically ask you if you want a refund, because they know they can’t get better if they don’t know what they did wrong to make you unhappy.
In closing, I would encourage everyone to support your local businesses. They are the ones who do their best everyday to deliver the best of themselves only to see many people pass them by for cheaper food or products. Please, don’t let small town businesses disappear. They are the life-blood of every community across the United States and other countries around the world.
God Bless, and stay crafty,