Why Should You Shop Small?

by Mama Chocolate on November 17, 2012

Shopping small is obviously one of the best ways to support your local economy and keep your neighbors employed, but what other benefits are there to giving your business to local shops and services?

If you are a small business owner, it’s easy to see this primary benefit, (it’s putting food on your table!) but what if you don’t own your own business?

Why should you shop small? How will it benefit you?


Relationships with business owners & employees 

Having a personal relationship with the owners and employees of the places you shop at means better service for you. Someone who knows you and knows you’ll be back is much more likely to give you top notch service.

Easier to find what you need

How many times have you wandered around huge stores like Walmart trying to find something or even just an employee who actually knows where to find it? In a small shop, you won’t be wandering up and down multiple aisles searching for something. If you still can’t find it, chances are the employees are more knowledgeable and will be able to easily direct you in the right direction.

Enjoy the socializing!

I’ve almost never seen anyone I knew while shopping in a huge chain store, but while browsing the little local fabric shop or picking up something at good ol’ Hank’s general store in the town where I grew up, we were always running into friends and got to enjoy visiting in the middle of our shopping trip.
It was always a good reminder to slow down during the rush of our busy lives and remember to be human.

Culture and atmosphere

The little natural grocery store nearby is one of my absolute favorite places to go, (and not just cause I’m weird and crunchy.) The atmosphere there is so friendly, inviting and just plain fun. Who knew you could have fun while grocery shopping?!


Will you be out shopping on Small Business Saturday?

Discover how beneficial and fun it is to shop small and support your local economy this holiday shopping season!

Just one week until November 24th, the third annual Small Business Saturday!


I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of American Express. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.


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Kristi S November 28, 2012 at 9:35 pm

A friend just shared with me a way to “Shop Small” online! It’s not easy for her to get out and shop with five little ones so she searched for local sellers on Etsy and ordered her kids Christmas gifts from them! I thought that was such a great idea! :)


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