This examiner writer often mentions in articles posted here about the need for local craft shops in your community and how to help keep the doors open. Several local yarn shops participate in the 3/50 project that has been mentioned here also. The economy is in the toilet right now, and local shop owners are feeling the pinch because disposable income is in short supply. Imagine my surprise when a newsletter from a local craft shop arrived into my inbox writing about that very topic, along with a long list of very interesting classes planned for the fall. More about new classes in a future article. This article is about saving our local, independently owned shops.
Read about the 3/50 project here.
My Craft Room covers many craft topics in their shop. My Craft Room teaches classes and supplies crafts ranging from scrapbooking to knitting and crochet, to card making. They are a full service craft store, but supply something you don’t find in the big box stores – personal service and they remember your name!
An email from a customer was included in the newsletter stating her reasons for using My Craft Room more than the big box stores:
I hope those of you who stopped in on Saturday enjoyed the FREE demo given by our pal Laurie. I’m afraid I had to miss it as I had a wedding to go to that day, but I understand she had a good group watching her die cutting & embossing techniques all afternoon. I guess things didn’t go exactly as I had hoped since I got this note from Laurie afterward:
“Joyce, I was so sad to see how many people were talking about prices at JoAnn’s and Michael’s as I sat there demonstrating like crazy on Saturday. I know that you have to be struggling to keep the doors open in these tough economic times. As a person who enjoys the social and the learning aspects that My Craft Room affords me, not to mention the products that I can’t get down the road, I would hate to see the doors close.
I think you know that one of the reasons I have signed on to help out with demo’s and classes is because I do love having this store available. If I decide I just need some time with other women, I can call up on pretty much any Saturday & come in to take a class. If I’m struggling with something, you’re there to help out. I realize that I can save a dollar or two if I use a coupon at JoAnn’s or Michael’s — and aghast, at times I do — but I also know that when I go in those stores, no one asks “Can I help you with anything” and means it. Certainly, nobody there knows my name and there sure is no reward for my loyalty like the virtual 15% I save with you on most everything, everyday. I sure hope that others will realize the value of “our” little store before it is no longer here for us to come to. Laurie”
The need is very strong, more now than in years past, to maintain our small, local shops. The big box stores have a greater buying capacity and can offer deeper discounts on occasion, but similar to what the above writer mentioned-you can’t walk into those stores and yell ‘help’ and expect to get any other reaction than a visit from security personnel. Please, do what you can to help keep their doors open. The money spent in your community, stays in your community in the form of wages, local taxes and community involvement. Large chain stores owned by corporations do not put as much of their profit into your local community as a local shop owner because they have stockholders and board of directors that expect high returns on their investment.
If all you want are run-of-the-mill generic products found at every store, then big box stores are for you. If you would like to stay on the cutting edge of trending craft supplies, and learn new and interesting methods to fine-tune your craft, then your small, independently owned store is where you need to spend your money.