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Does Shopping Local Really Help?

by Sarah Cardman |

Shopping is a big part of our lives from the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, the technology we use, and many more artifacts that we incorporate into our daily lives. So why does it matter who or where we buy from, why not just go where it’s most convenient for you? We're here to help. 

Think about your dollar and what you want to use it for. Groceries? A new shirt? Maybe a new pair of headphones? According to an article published by Independent We Stand, when you shop locally more of your dollar stays in your local economy. Say you spend $100 at a local business, 68% of that amount will remain in your community whereas if you spend the same amount at a national corporation only 43% of that amount will stay in the community. (Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics).


Not only does shopping locally benefit your community’s economy, but it also makes products you love more accessible. When you shop local, you fund local businesses allowing them to offer more choices. It's like lending a vote for your favorite toothpaste! Shop owners will pick the products they sell based on what your community wants, and this is what makes them more unique, exactly like they are made to be. This uniqueness sets your neighborhood apart, helping to drive in new tourists or potential neighbors

A few other benefits include:

  • Creating a healthier environment(!)
  • Conserving your tax dollars
  • Personalized service
  • Building your community
  • Creating more jobs

Whether they are geared towards you, the business itself, a neighbor, or a total stranger the opportunities are endless. Although going with the more convenient option sounds appealing, no matter what you cannot beat the feeling of knowing you took part in helping the environment, the creation of a new job, or whatever the case may be. 

Love this but have no idea where to start? Local Farmers markets highlight local manufacturers and you get to see them face to face! Downtown organizations often have websites listing local businesses. 

For more information about the benefits to shopping locally, check out these amazing sites and articles from American Independent Business Alliance, Independent We Stand, and Sustainable Connections!            

Also, if you're ever in Downtown Greensboro, come to our storefront! 

Opening November 30! 335 South Davie St. Greensboro, NC 27401

 Addison is an intern at Mindful Supply. She attends Salem   College, loves dogs and playing softball. 

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