Li's Blog: Shopping Local: the key to survival in small rural communities?

Shopping Local: the key to survival in small rural communities?

Ganges, Salt Spring Island

Shop Local. We hear this a lot, in smaller rural communities.

To shop local does mean one is supporting local businesses and thus is keeping the money circulating within the community...those small businesses trade with each other, send their children to local schools, support school sports and extracurricular events, gift food banks, support arts endeavours, and so on.

It's a circle and it starts with the consumer choosing to buy local...which feeds the success of the community as a whole. It is a choice.

Local choices are certainly about actual bricks & mortar businesses, but are also about Internet shopping. Do we look at items in a store-front and then seek a similar item online, purchased from elsewhere in the world? Who benefits then?

And yes...getting value for our expenditures is essential.

Our tech world continues to escalate in delivering both available choices and speed of acquisition.

We often hear that globalism is the basis of 21st Century business models. Hmmm.... Do we want to maintain a personalized community, one with a more individual orientation, one that supports the people who call this community home?

The consumer of goods, whatever they are, has the power to sustain a small community structure...and it is a choice.

And your thoughts are? Always welcome!



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Comment balloon 7 commentsLi Read • December 09 2019 06:15PM


Hi Li Read shopping locally is the BEST type of shopping... and there are times when custom made items can be created... I love it....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) 12 months ago

Hi Li- we always try to shop locally because it's important to support the community. It's hard these days with the ease that shopping online offers. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 12 months ago

Li, I love to shop the local stores!   That is usually where you find the most unique gifts.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 12 months ago

Hello Li,  I try to shop at smaller shops and support them.  the big stores may have lots but not the service.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 11 months ago

Admitedly, I do both. With a son in Alaska, the postal fees are often higher than the value of the gift. Therefore I do some online shopping with free Amazon Prime shipping. But I also do plenty of local shopping, and not just at Christmas, but year round. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 11 months ago

All of us need to support the local businesses in our home communities.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 11 months ago

I believe in shopping local. This is a great blog post! I wish you a very Happy New Year and productive 2020. Stay healthy!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 11 months ago