Last fall, I accepted a challenge from leaders in my town to buy anything and everything that I could from the local stores in my community. I'm fortunate to live in a small town with a thriving Main Street that has stores carrying everything from food to fitness to fashion. Still, the competition with online and big-box stores is intense, making it hard for the little guys to compete.
The idea behind the Buy Local Challenge was to rethink how and where I shoped. Instead of surfing the web, my first stop for purchases was my downtown stores. In the process I learned a lot about my town, my shopping habits, and what it really means to buy local. And I'm proud to report that the challenge helped a lot of conusmers in my town reconnect with our local community stores.
I was recently interviewed about the Buy Local Challenge by Anna Hackman of Green Talk as part of her new 'Green Gal Next Door Series' and I thought I would share it here as the video does a good job of summing up the project.
What do you think? How important is it to you to 'Buy Local?' Do you think a Buy Local Challenge would work in your community?