My Favorite Ways to Shop Small, Local, and Made in the US

This may not seem writing related, but authors and small publishers are small businesses, too. I like to support other small businesses. I also grew up in a small business, so it’s close to my heart.

Remember that shopping small, local, and made in the US helps other families like you to stay afloat in these hard times. In an effort to make it easier for you (hey, I admit it’s hard starting out!), here are some of my favorite ways to shop small, local, and made in the US:

Find your local bookstore and shop there! Indie Bound can help. You can even order books online through your local bookstore. But remember that your local bookstore might not be on Indie Bound.

Support a small publisher such as Chicken Scratch Books. Order directly from the author or publisher and avoid huge companies that take a huge percentage of the profits.

CinDWood Looms makes knitting looms IN THE US! When I messaged with questions about what looms to get to teach a K-3rd crafts class, I got an almost immediate, personal response from Cindy. The looms are great quality, and the students are having a blast.

If you want to do some good for hurting families in the world, but you aren’t sure how, shop Mercy Market for your Christmas gifts this year. Mercy Market is a non-profit organization that supports individuals and families by purchasing their handcrafted goods. Buying from Mercy Market helps families from around the world to put food on their tables and keeps individuals from dangerous slavery situations.

See if you can find local artists and musicians and purchase from them. I feel like we miss out on a lot of talent by focusing only on national artists and musicians.

I never feel a list of local and small businesses is complete without mentioning independent grocery stores. You might not buy Christmas gifts from them (then again, you might), but you could buy ingredients for holiday meals. You can check out IGA (Independent Grocers Association) to see if there’s a local grocery near you, but keep in mind that not all small grocery stores are members of IGA.

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