Over the past four years LoveLiveLocal has become a resource for Cape Codders who are wondering where they can purchase things locally. The past two years our own Amanda Converse has both explored her own shopping habits to share where there might be challenges with regard to spending the majority of her dollars locally, as well as answered others’ questions about where to shop local for their wants and needs. This year Amanda will mentor self-selected individuals who are trying to change some of their own shopping habits in order to ensure they invest in their community as much as possible. The first participant in this experiment is a very good friend to LoveLiveLocal: Kat, who you may recognize from her time spent volunteering at the LoveLocal Fests.
Kat moved from Boston to the Cape full-time two years ago, and when she did her online shopping habit grew. She had certain go-to clothing and home goods stores in the big city and not knowing where to shop locally, she shopped on the websites of these national retailers. I get it – shopping for clothing online gives you that “instant gratification high” that people so crave, it is considered “easy,” and there is seemingly less pressure. As a reformed online shopper myself, I also know that shopping in person and spending your dollars locally comes with a lot fewer returns and a lot more investment in the local community.
So, I took Kat for her very first Cape Cod clothing shopping trip. Contrary to popular perception, there are many places to go clothing shopping on Cape Cod, no matter your budget or style. So, keeping Kat’s favorite brands in mind, I took her to shops where she would most certainly find clothing and shoes that would suit her and she would then put in her regular shopping rotation like Weekend and If the Shoe Fits in Orleans, Changing Tides Consignment and Chatham Clothing Bar in Chatham. I also recommended Salt in Wellfleet and Maxwell & Co. in Falmouth. Kat had never been to any of these places, and now she is excited to go back! I can’t wait until next month when I take her shopping for goods for her home!
Do you or someone you know need help reforming your big box store or online shopping ways? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you on your journey!