Why We Should Shop Local

Shopping local helps the economy, the community and may uncover treasures for you!

Shopping local is something I love to do throughout the year. Buying items in your local non-big box store is just plain good for so many reasons. For starters, by shopping local, you’re helping that business grow and hopefully, become more successful. That way, they can continue to bring you their goods and services. Starting a business is also part of the  quintessential American dream, that a vision coupled with hard work creates an opportunity for success. Why not help move that dream closer to reality?

If you buy local, your money also goes toward the community in which you live. Local governments collect sales tax revenue from businesses. Having worked for a long time for a local government, these revenues are used to make communities a better place for you to live, work and raise a family. Who doesn’t want to improve their community?

One of a Kind

But one of the best things about shopping local is the unique treasures you will find. I am never disappointed in the things I find at my local shops. This was proved to me again this weekend when the local shops in our area celebrated a Holiday Open House. I didn’t have time to go to all of the stores in town, but I did make it to my favorite one, Deep Creek Vintage.

I’ve mentioned the shop before on the blog. My husband and I began visiting the store when it first opened. It’s located in an old manor house on top of a hill. Each year, the owners decorate for different holiday seasons. Although I love all of their special holiday events and decor, my favorite is Christmas.

Holiday Open House

We stopped by there this weekend and I want to share some  photos of the different rooms inside. Cheryl, the owner, has an amazing eye for beautiful and shabby chic design. I could get lost in the house for hours just looking at all of the little settings she has put together.

I’ll also share a few goodies I picked up for moi.

Let’s start with some “outfits” I found.

Christmas tree lighted branch skirt.

A tulle skirt is festive for the holidays.

A tulle skirt is festive for the holidays.

Aren’t these dress forms adorable? I know it would be difficult to walk in a Christmas tree branch skirt, but what about setting up one in your house or yard?

Here are a few pictures of the mantels in some of the rooms.

A festive mantel for the holidays.

A festive mantel for the holidays.

A festive mantel for the holidays.

Here are some other cute spots in the house.

Angel wings dress up an ordinary bookcase.

Christmas decorations are sprinkled throughout a bookcase.

A cozy sitting area is ready for the holidays.

A cozy sitting area is ready for the holidays.

A white dresser gets a holiday touch with sparkly trimmings.I promised I would show you a few of the things I picked up for myself. Here they are.

Bakelite bangles are a fun and unique collectible.

These bakelite bracelets are fun collectibles.

Goldtone starfish brooch.I love anything having to do with the beach or the ocean so when I saw this starfish brooch, I snapped it up.

I also picked up an adorable plaid vest. It has a hood and pockets and is super soft.  I’ll be styling all of these pieces in the future right here on the blog so stay tuned!

I did pick up a few non-fashion items as well. I collect nativity scenes and this one with miniature figurines under a cheese dome had to come home with me.

Nativity scenes help usher in the Christmas spirit.

Cheryl said that Christmas ornaments seemed to be a big hit this weekend. I found a couple of cuties myself! Look at these mushroom ornaments. They don’t match anything else on my Christmas tree, but I couldn’t help myself. They were too adorable not to bring home with me.

Vintage ornaments make unique gifts for family, friends or you!

This won’t be my only trip to Deep Creek Vintage this holiday season. Cheryl said that she will continue to bring in new items over the next few weeks so I’ll be stopping by to see what new treasures I can find. There are also several shops downtown that I plan to visit.

I don’t want to mislead you; I’ll still do my own fair share of shopping online and visit our big box stores. That’s just reality for me and my family. I also plan to post a small gift guide within the next few weeks that I hope will help you in your holiday shopping. The items will be from some of these stores because they are the only places that I can find them.

But our local shops? These are the places where I will find that special something that I hope will mean a lot to my loved one.  That reaction is one of the best gifts I could ask for.

Please note that I receive a small commission if you click and/or purchase items through my affiliate links. Also, although all of the items above were from Deep Creek Vintage, I realize that not all of you can make it there if you don’t live in Virginia. I searched for similar items and linked them below when I found them. Remember, many of the things I purchased were vintage so the items below won’t look exactly like my purchases. Also, the ones below may be a little pricey. But you don’t have to buy items through these links. You may want to check out some of the local shops in your town. You never know what you might find!

*This post is not sponsored by any shop I mention nor was I paid to write this. All opinions are my own.

 Bakelite Bangles

 Starfish Brooches

Mushroom Ornaments

 Nativity Scenes

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