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Wednesday, March 30, 2011


BUYING LOCAL(Independently Owned Businesses)--Why?--Who Benefits?
Why so many notes about buying local lately you ask?!!
It's been proven nationally buying local is the best chance we have as a nation to prosper and rebuild what we have lost, one community at a time. Buying Local is not buying in any store in your zipcode area,but rather buying from the independently owned and operated businesses in a community.
Don't believe me,find out for yourself by following
Independant We Stand
(also a list of our local independent businesses that have listed themselves go to this page to find them by entering your zipcode)
The 3/50 Project
New Albany First (our own local group of businesses forming a non-profit organization for buying local)
I could list many more groups in local communities all across our nation that have discovered the benefits of buying local when possible instead of at Big Box Stores. Yes we do still need chain stores in our economies and sometimes what we need or are looking for can only be found shopping at their stores.
Seriously consider in these hard times where your spendable cash goes and to what or to whom's benefit. You hear alot about globalization from large and small corporations,even our national and local politicians. Sorry, but that has led to corporations leaving our soil,loss of jobs,inferior and/or unhealthy products. It has helped with world trade but at a cost, I'm not willing to accept myself. How about You? It has mostly benefited the powerful and and already wealthy to become more powerful and wealthy.
All I can say,taken from old fashion quotes and lifes experience, is to be successfull in life
"Never put all your eggs in just one basket" or "Always invest in more than one arena"
Locally owned operated businesses support our community in many ways and more so than national run Big Box stores or Online Internet stores.
We pay TAXES locally
We provide JOBS ( we actually account for 75% of all new jobs)
We contirbute to and sponsor COMMUNITY EVENTS
We are your real NEIGHBORS and FRIENDS
We offer up-close PERSONAL SERVICE
We restore and maintain our HISTORIC BUILDINGS when setup in HISTORIC DISTRICTS
We prefer SPENDING OUR MONEY at other INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES,which is investing in our community
We help and STAND BY our communities in hard times instead of leaving town for a more prosperous area
68% of every dollar spent in a independent local business stays in the Community compared to 43% spent at a national chain.

According to a recent survey, 93% of consumers (YOU) believe small businesses do add value to the local community they live in.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Visit our Facebook Page&View Photo Album "For You" or "Are You Into Easter Collectibles"

Photo Album "For You"---We spent at least 18 hours of work to add new merchandise and rearrange items for a whole lot of new displays. We unloaded two vans and a truck worth. The album only scratches the surface.

Photo Album "Are You Into Easter Collectibles" shows the large amount of Easter Collectibles we have available also.

So come see,either in person or thru the albums.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Moon & Star Glassware

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Society of Moon and Stars Pattern Glassware has officially announced its annual show and sale to be held Saturday, June 25 2011, in Little Rock, Ark.

Originating in 1880 with the Adams Glass Company, Moon and Star pattern glassware has become one of the most popular patterns in vintage glassware collecting. Collectors have long been drawn to the distinct “moon” and “star” pattern and eventually to the electric colors, ranging from ruby red, amber, green, colonial blue, amberina, cobalt blue or the original crystal clear.

The Society of Moon and Star Pattern Glass has hundreds of members from all over the U.S. and Canada. The group meets annually for a show, sale and convention. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Presidential Hotel at 600 Interstate 30. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

The photo is of what we have available in the shop

Monday, March 14, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lets educate ourselves on what BUY LOCAL really means

“Local” is about more than a zip code

When “buy local”/”shop local” messaging hit its stride two years ago, big boxes and national chains quickly realized their corner on marketplace visibility was being eclipsed. Cost-conscious consumers were not only thinking about the price of an item, but the impact of where they purchased it. Before long, we saw mega-retailers repackaging the “buy local” message to include themselves—they’d procure broccoli from a nearby grower, then advertise themselves as part of the “local” movement. Carry meat packaged by a company located in a nearby town, then tell consumers they were buying “local.”

Uh yeah…not so much.

Well, Chapter Two of The Repackaging of Buy Local has begun to roll out, and it’s even more troubling.

To really understand its impact, we need to first remind ourselves what the phrase “buy local” was initially intended to mean. “Buy local,” “shop local,” local first,” and other similar tag lines focused on one of two things: The source of a product and/or the point of purchase—neither of which being a large, national corporate entity. These were “independent” businesses with no outside branded support. You know…the little guys.

When the economy slid south, then stayed there, consumers began thinking—actually thinking!–-about the impact of their spending habits. Sure, the majority are still frequenting big boxes for the best deal, but many have begun to recognize that convenience comes with its own price tag. Big boxes and national chains send their revenue out of town. Lots of it. Most of it. And that means less money for the folks who live in that community. For their fire department. The police department. The city streets.

Their quality of life.

Fast forward to Chapter Two.

Since the first attempt to jump on the local bandwagon fared poorly, a new game plan is being rolled out. Now, either on their own or with the help of community organizations, the message is being twisted by insinuation that “local” is all about location—which includes every single national chain and big box in town. This usurped version of “buy local” is being packaged as “Buy Mayberry” (or whatever the town’s name is), arguing that any purchase made with any business in town brings equal revenue home. Not so. Not even close.

Now…before someone begins throwing darts this direction…let me be clear. Not all “Buy Mayberry” programs include big boxes, franchises, and national chains. Many are built to support the merchants in town that are 100% locally owned, no national or regional branding, no outside corporate help. All local all the time. They give the most back. They should get the most attention.

But many are rolling out an ill-conceived message that spending with a nearby mega-store does as much financial good for the community as selecting an independent merchant. Which is simply not true.

From the study provided by Civic Economics:

For every $100 spent with a local, independent brick and mortar business, $68 returns to the local economy. Spend the same $100 with a big box or national chain and only $43 remains in the local economy.

Then, there’s the addition of internet sales, from The 3/50 Project:

Spend that same $100 online, and unless you live in the exact same community as the e-tailer, nothing comes home.

National chains bank out of town (for all but very few of us, out of state).

They don’t replenish business consumables via local stores.

They don’t bring new jobs to town; they displace that number of employees currently working for other local businesses.

When they make a charitable donation, it goes to the charity’s national office, not the local chapter (and certainly not the small non-profits who have no national office).

They don’t pay the same property tax rates small businesses do—theirs is negotiated lower.

They simply don’t put the money back into the town it comes from.

Yes, big boxes and national chains are here to stay, and yes, they play a role in the local economy. But I strongly advise any community considering a “Buy Mayberry” (or similar) promotion be very, very clear about who, exactly, it is they’re promoting.

If your plan includes big boxes and national chains, it’s not ”local.” It’s corporate. It’s about zip codes. And it will cost your community dearly long term.

That’s a pretty steep price to pay for short term, feel-good visibility.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Come check out our facebook page and view our photo albums. I just added a new one titled "Are You Into Easter Collectibles"

Doesn't this Victorian framed Litho remind you of innocence and spring?!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Another List of Reasons for Buying Local

The Proof is in the numbers.

Number of new independent bookstores that have opened since 2005: 437

Increase since 2002 in the number of small specialty food stores: 1,414

Increase since 2002 in the number of small farms: 111,839

Number of farmers markets active in 2010: 6,132

Percentage of active farmers markets started since 2000: 53

Average percentage of shoppers at a large supermarket who have a conversation with another customer: 9

Average percentage of shoppers at a farmers market who have a conversation with another customer: 63

Percentage of bank assets held by small and mid-sized community banks: 22

Percentage of small business loans made by small and mid-sized community banks: 54

Growth in deposits at small banks and credit unions since 2008: $77 billion

Number of chain pharmacy locations that opened in 2009: 177

Number of independent pharmacy locations that opened in 2009: 474

Number of Independent Business Alliances and Local First groups in 2005: 30

Number of Independent Business Alliances and Local First groups in 2010: 143

Percentage change in 2010 sales for independent businesses in cities without a Buy Local First initiative: 2.1

Percentage change in 2010 sales for independent businesses in cities with a Buy Local First initiative: 5.6

Increase since 2002 in the number of Starbucks company stores: 3,297

Increase since 2002 in the number of independent coffee shops: 4,923

Average portion of $100 spent at a Target store that stays in the local economy: $16

Average portion of $100 spent at independent retailers that stays in the local economy: $32

Average amount of local wages paid for every $100 spent at a full-service chain restaurant: $18.68

Average amount of local wages paid for every $100 spent at a full-service locally owned restaurant: $28.46

Minimum amount having a grocery store, bookstore, coffee shop and restaurant within half a mile of a house increases its value: $21,000

* Sources: American Booksellers Association; U.S. Economic Census; United States Department of Agriculture, National Directory of Farmers Markets; Robert Sommer, John Herrick, and Ted R. Sommer, "The Behavioural Ecology of Supermarkets and Farmers' Markets," Journal of Environmental Psychology, 1981; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; National Credit Union Administration; National Association of Chain Drugstores, 2010-11 Chain Pharmacy Industry Profile; American Independent Business Alliance; Business Alliance for Local Living Economies; Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 2011 Independent Business Survey; Starbucks annual reports; U.S. Economic Census; Civic Economics, Thinking Outside the Box, September 2009; Civic Economics, Local Works! Examining the Impact of Local Business on the West Michigan Economy, Sept. 2008; CEOs for Cities, Walking the Walk, August 2009