I find Thanksgiving week the most interesting in American holidays. Why? Well, we are supposed to eat, be merry and give thanks to the things and people we have, then the next day we go out at 3am, wait in line to get into a store and rip each other a part for a TV. Then the following day we encourage everyone to be civil again and think about the lives we affect by buying local, from small businesses, from our friends and family. It’s totally bizarre to me.
The whole point of my small town series is to shed light on being local all the time. I believe that buying local, staying within your community, helps the town as a whole. Your supporting a small business, someone’s livelihood and the sales tax money goes to improving the place you live in. You should be thinking about this all the time, not just one a day a week out the entire year.
In every town I visited I made sure that I bought something at one of the stores. In Amador City I bought 1920’s photographs of South Lake Tahoe, in Plymouth I bought cheese at a deli and at Sutter Creek I spent some time in a coffee shop enjoying tea and a pastry. I wanted to make that I wasn’t just taking pictures of this town, but enjoying what they have to offer too. Supporting them in the best way I know how.
So help someone out this year and the next! Buy gifts from your friend for other friends. Buy something that’s not from a big box store, something unique and memorable! Make a small business happy more than one day! Really think about where you’re buying from. In fact if I am your friend and you need some art head on over to my store for some small town prints. Or buy someone a portrait session for their family (seriously what could be a better gift than one that lasts a lifetime?) This is your chance to really make a difference in someone’s life!