What many people may not know about me is that I used to be a huge chain store shopper. Until I realized what a difference I could make in my community by shopping local, I spent a lot of time and money at TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Target and other department stores buying furniture, home décor and linens for various living spaces throughout my life.
Like I said, I did this without thought to where my money made an impact (corporate profits vs. the local shop’s bottom line). But, when I moved into my partner’s (the Brit) family’s newly renovated home this past winter, I did so with a new perspective.*
Instead of “bargain shopping,” the Brit and I supplemented furniture and décor from his family and mine with items purchased from locally owned businesses. Larger pieces of furniture came from the Cape Abilities Consignment Shop, yard sales, Mattress World and Shift. Practical items such as garbage cans and shower curtains were purchased at Snow’s Home & Garden, while the decorative home accents (which were so fun to pick out at the smaller stores!) were found at The Little Beach Gallery, Shift, Design Works, Porter & Mags, Soho Arts Company, and Cape Coddle.
And you know what? I didn’t spend any more money overall than I would have shopping at the aforementioned chain stores, and my living space looks a whole lot more unique than if I had.