Don’t Forget the Artists & Authors on #SmallBizSaturday

The madness of holiday shopping is upon us. Yesterday during Black Friday sales, people were shoved, smashed and even stabbed as crazy folks scrambled to save a few bucks. But you know what you never see in the Black Friday insanity? People killing each other to shop at small, locally-owned businesses.

And that’s a good thing.

Shopping at small businesses not only helps support your local entrepreneur, but also helps you retain your sanity. The inside of small boutiques is relaxing, displays are gorgeous and (for the most part) salespeople love what they’re doing. Items at locally-owned shops may cost a tad more than the mega-discounted crap at big box retailers, but those items are probably of better quality, more meaningful, and longer lasting than what you’ll fill your cart with at national stores.

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Aidan Turner will brood for you if you shop small.

And don’t forget your local authors and artists; each of us is our own small business. Just because we sometimes have to resort to virtual storefronts and often have to lure you in with social media ploys rather than gorgeous displays and enticing scents, doesn’t mean we can’t provide the same personal service as “real” small businesses.

So, rather than buying a cartload of junk, why not take those same dollars and buy one or two quality items at a small business?

Shopping Small This Weekend?

From now through 1 December 2015, feel free to use coupon code SHOPPING10 to take 10% off any purchase of $5 or more at my Bookstore & Gallery on Etsy.

I’ve recently added several new items including….

  • Prints and greeting card gift packs of my latest colored pencil art “Red Car,”
  • My top-selling book on making cheese at home, Simply Soft Cheese,
  • My collection of award-winning short stories, 13th Hour,
  • And the handy My Garden Journal, a guided journal I designed for the gardeners on your list (even if that gardener happens to be yourself).
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You’ve got red on you.

There’ll be plenty more items added over the next couple weeks, but don’t delay since supplies on some items are limited and shipping cut-off dates are drawing near.

By the way, my mailing list recipients snagged an even better discount with no minimum purchase. Be sure to sign up today for some fabulous upcoming bargains!

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TAMMIE PAINTER IS THE AUTHOR OF THE TRIALS OF HERCULES: BOOK ONE OF THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES AND AN ARTIST WHO DEDICATES HERSELF TO THE TEDIUM OF CREATING IMAGES WITH COLORED PENCIL. YOU CAN FIND HER WORK AT TAMMIE PAINTER’S BOOKSTORE & GALLERY.

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4 thoughts on “Don’t Forget the Artists & Authors on #SmallBizSaturday

  1. prog chik says:

    “The inside of small boutiques is relaxing, displays are gorgeous and (for the most part) salespeople love what they’re doing.”

    As an employee of a small business, let me tell you that not all of us salespeople are happy. Small local businesses can support bad business practices. I actually just blogged about my Black Friday/general retail experience.

    • painterwrite says:

      Sorry, I should clarify…I meant self-owned businesses where the owner is running and working the shop full time. These places generally have a great atmosphere because the person loves what they are doing. Believe me, like you I have worked for some small business owners who were real jerks and I would have loved to tell them where to stick their heads for business!

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