Here’s a quick story about what might happen if you buy local:
I was at a Bazaar Bizarre craft show two weeks ago and saw a wallet made of sail cloth from Forest City Portage. I wanted to buy a couple as presents, so I bought the one he had for sale and he said he’d send me another that week. Five days went by and I didn’t get it. I emailed him on Saturday to find out if he mailed it, and he emailed back immediately that he would be sending it Monday. Tuesday (yesterday), I got an envelope with the wallet, as well as an extra one that he just threw in as a sorry/thank you present. What big-box store would just double an order, even on a small item, because it was a few days late? I like buying as close to the source as you can, and this just made me a more passionate advocate. Knowing the people who make the things you use is not only spiritually rewarding – sometimes you have a great customer experience and vow to be a lifelong customer. Oh, and the wallets are awesome – they are light, thin and feel really durable, with an ID window and a utilitarian design that I love. I’m extremely impressed with it.
Do YOU have any good stories about buying local? Send them to us and we’ll post them here!