I not what you call a big fan of so-called “big box stores.” In fact, I pretty much loathe them.
Instead, I’ve always been a proponent of shopping local as much as I can. I know, the price of paper towels at the Village Market in Broadalbin is probably more than what I’d get at Walmart, but I only have to walk two buildings over … saving me the gas and time it takes to get to the nearest Walmart (or, “Walmarts” for those of you in Bleecker).
For the past few months, I’ve been walking Max, a dog owned by Linda Eastman, the proprietor of the Broadalbin Christian Bookstore and Linda’s Antiques in downtown Broadalbin (free plug) and a good friend of mine for many, many years. She recently made me aware of something called “the 3/50 project,” a national campaign designed to encourage consumers to consider shopping locally, thereby pumping more money into the local economy.
Here’s the poop on the project:
“3” stands for the number of locally, or independently, owned business you’d miss the most if they were gone. We’re being asked to stop in to those places, say hello and buy something.
“50” is a little more involved. According to the group behind the effort, based on statistics released in February from the U.S. Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics, if half the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month in independently owned business, their purchases would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.
Another interesting stat provided by the group is that for every $100 spent in locally owned (excluding franchises and home-based) businesses, $68 stays local. At national chains, $43 of every $100 stays here.
I checked the effort’s Web site, and it lists the participants by state. So far, the only local outfit that’s signed on to support this is the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, although I know there are other businesses, at least in Broadalbin, that are on board. It would be nice to see other local businesses get involved, and maybe advertise it in their shops.
Since we’re coming up on the holiday shopping season, and with the economy continuing to struggle, this might be something to consider.
You can get the details about “the 3/50 project” by clicking HERE.