Do yourself a favor by shopping at local stores this Christmas season, where you’ll find personalized services that you won’t find anywhere else, including online.
A small family owned shop will likely contact you if an item you are looking for comes in if you provide your contact information. If you don’t see what you are looking for, ask the owner or clerk and they might be able to order it for you.
IT’S TIME TO PLAN FOR SHIPPING
In addition to the traditional post office in each town, many are finding it convenient and no more expensive and sometimes less costly to ship their packages from local shipping companies.
YOU CAN SAVE MONEY
Another money-saving opportunity is in saving gas from shopping at distant malls, or paying for shipping costs online.
Many local stores also have an online presence, so you can shop at home, from home, and get all the benefits of both types of shopping experiences. Many stores that initiated curbside pickup due to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to offer this free service. This is beneficial for young parents who don’t want to take their young children into the store or those who cannot walk long distances for a variety of reasons.
YOU CAN CHECK THE QUALITY, FIT, IN PERSON
There’s also the advantage for the customer of being able to feel the quality of materials used, check out the fit of an item, etc., before making a purchase. Sending items back because they aren’t what you expected is costly — in both shipping and your time.
YOU GET YOUR OWN PERSONAL SHOPPER
Other benefits to local shopping include having personal help to find the right gift. At local clothing and gift boutiques, you can have a personalized shopping experience with a salesperson who knows the store’s stock and can guide you to just the right item.
Again, you can touch it and feel it and know the quality and fit before making a purchase. Plus, you don’t have to await for it to arrive in the mail; you can take it home with you and avoid all shipping costs and time delays.
Don’t forget that many of these small, family owned local stores also offer free gift wrapping — a huge timesaver during the holidays.
LAYAWAY, DELIVERY AND MORE
Some also offer layaway services, allowing you to put down money on an item that they hold for you for a specified time. This can help you budget for larger ticket items.
ENJOY THE HOLIDAY HOMETOWN SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
Shopping from store to store in your hometown can be like a Norman Rockwell painting — there’s music in the background while snowflakes are gently falling outside and just about everyone’s in a great holiday mood. You feel good about supporting your local businesses and you’re helping ensure their future viability in your town.
YOUR MONEY STAYS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Shopping at your local stores is a win-win for everyone. Not only do you get the experience of hometown service, you also support the people in your community, as well as municipal services like your police and fire departments.