In the U.S., Saturday, Nov. 26 is Small Business Saturday, a day when shoppers are encouraged to shop at small, usually local businesses. I work part time at a small business, a tea shop called SereneTeaz, and I know how important these businesses are to vibrant communities and to both owners and employees. Shameless plug: Just to show you don’t have to shop local on Saturday or any other day to support a small business, we ship anywhere in the continental US and if you spend over $50, shipping is free and if you check out the website and watch, you’ll see me. 🙂
Whether or not you live in the US, shopping at local businesses is a great way to support the community around you. But as the holidays approach, I want to take one day to challenge you to participate in another way.
“A Year Without ‘Made in China’: One Family’s True Life Adventure in the Global Economy”, by Sara Bongiorni, tells the tale of one family’s attempt to live a year without buying anything made in China. We hear all the time how Walmart doesn’t have anything not made in China, but look at other stores, including many/most high-end stores of all sorts and you’ll find the same to be true. The author points out that she has nothing against China, but wanted to make Americans see how deeply they’re tied to international trade. It’s an easy and interesting read. When my husband moved a few years before we did, I tried to buy kitchen items not made in China and I didn’t go to Walmart. I found exactly two.
A week from today, Tuesday, Nov. 29, I’d like all my readers to share in their comments a product they know is made in their country by a business from their country. Then I’d encourage each of you to try to buy a Christmas gift or two (or gift for other holidays) that originates in your country by a business in your country, whether from the businesses in my post or not. You’re welcome to share more than one if you like. Links are appreciated.
See you Tuesday!