Everything is Made in somewhere. Nothing is made without human touch, somewhere around the assembly line, even the worlds most sophisticated inventions have a hint of human connection. Robots don’t make it all… And in the age of high fuel costs, human labor is back in factories. Not by popular demand maybe, but it might even be cheaper.
Not in USA, I hear you saying. Labor laws, taxes, and all the regulations make labor in US higher. And it should, and it’s what makes us healthier and happier nation than some others…
But there is still an area of local shopping that most of us seem to forget or ignore. Your one and only crafter. 1 man shop owner that buys and makes its art in its one extra room, carries it to local craft shows, and sells it online…The true small business owner. We don’t seem to think of them much. They work full time jobs, or go to school or even both at times and stay up late at night crafting and taking orders…
I can see how you would be picturing only items like hand knitted pot holders, or kids costumes, but have you met this centuries most talented crafters?
I dare you to spend a minute on Etsy type anything you can think of in the search button and come back to report your finds.
Upscale, store front quality items made by locals, a community of great talent.
Think about the impact of your purchase and it’s direct contribution to our economy. Support local artist, support your local small businesses, start on sites like Etsy and go to your neighborhood shops next, and only if all fails go to the mall.