Shopping Locally...Why Not? We Earned it Locally.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097
 
Today will be full of shopping local...in spite of the rain. I'm headed out shortly to Bypass Power and Equipment in Waynesville to get repair parts for the John Deere Mower. Then I'll go to the Tractor and Supply in Waynesville (yes, they are nationwide but they do employ a lot of local people) for rear tires...I guess 20 years is all I can expect out of the current tires.
 
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After I get the John Deere stuff out of the way, I get to go to the Historic Waynesville Farmers Market. Time for good locally grown veggies and to start picking up some plant starts for our own garden. I'll have to hurry though, last time I missed them because I didn't get there before noon.
 
The real heavy rain is supposed to come in after 3pm today but we're all hoping it waits until tonight. The Greening of the Mountains festival is in Sylva today. Lots of music, food, local artists and environmental booths. Everyone works so hard to pull off these outdoor events that I don't want anyone disappointed.
 
It always feels best to put the money we worked hard for and earned locally back into our local economy. Shopping locally makes me happy!
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rob D. Shepherd
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Great reminder! We sell locally, we need to buy locally!

Apr 26, 2013 11:58 PM #8
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John McCormack, CRS
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Good morning Mona -

Sounds like you have a full day planned and shopping local is a huge plus.  We too try to buy as much as we can from local growers and vendors.  Shopping at a little hothouse for this years veggies and flowers is on our to do list.  We pay a little more but it's good quality and supporting the "little guy."

Apr 27, 2013 12:11 AM #9
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Will Hamm
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Good Morning Mona,  Shopping locally is a good thing.  I hope you make the farmers market on town, you get fresh stuff there.  Have a great weekend, hope it does not rain to much today.

Apr 27, 2013 12:11 AM #10
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Grant Schneider
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Always important to support local small business.  They provide a very good service and they are many of my clients.  I love the local produce stands too. 

Apr 27, 2013 12:12 AM #11
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Clint Mckie
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Hi Mona,

It will be a little while before our Farmers markets get in full force.

Hey, those peppers don't look like the New Mexico peppers.

I bet they are some hot ones though.

Have a great day in Dillsboro.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 27, 2013 12:32 AM #12
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Steve and Jan Bachman
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we too have tried to buy local produce. It has been great to see small farmers be able to make money from plots that were unsustainable when growing corn or wheat.

Apr 27, 2013 02:20 AM #13
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I totally agree... how can we expect support of our business if we don't support them back?  I love when the local farmers market opens and I can shop the local farmers... and like you, some things MUST come from chain stores, but I choose the ones in my own town to support a local employer.

Apr 27, 2013 03:37 AM #14
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Kathy Streib
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Mona- I totally agree!  If we don't support our own community, who will.  Besides there's nothing better than knowing that you're helping a neighbor. 

 

Apr 27, 2013 07:18 AM #16
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Leslie G. Rojohn
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We've always had small businesses and we sure love to support them. Those big box stores not only exploit their workers and keep them in poverty, but they encourage their employees to exploit the government assistance programs they pretend to disdain. Find your "stuff" anywhere but the big box stores.

Apr 27, 2013 07:54 AM #17
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Mona Gersky
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Hello everyone,  we've had a full day and we've reinvested money today in our community...feeling really good about it.

Andrew, that's a great point that every dollar we spend locally turns over six times.  That's huge and a number we should all remember.

Barbara, it is so good to see you after your long absence.  I know you are a big time advocate of shopping locally, you've done a beautiful job of promoting local businesses in your Rock Wall, TX blog.

Marco, I'll try to do that but it's more of a tractorette than a tractor!

Belinda, lucky for me we've got a friend who writes up the shopping list!  All I want is for it to start when I turn the key.

Margaret, I hope your husband isn't getting drenched.  Pinehurst is several hours away from here but this is a big storm.

Gary, my "tractor" is about a fourth the size of Chesney's but it's just as sexy :-)

Roger, it was a great day.  Got a new G+ buddy and spent the whole day shopping in my community.  A little tired now but the organic Guatamala coffee will kick in any moment.

Rob, it makes sense to me!

John, I know you and Debbie do all you can to support your community.  We're looking to buy a little greenhouse this year because you are right...it's about quality and knowing where your food comes from.

Will, :-(   it is pouring outside!  same predicted for tomorrow and the next day and the next day.  At least our water tables will have a surplus.

Grant, I also love local produce stands.

Hi Clint, nope...they don't look like NM peppers but some are still pretty hot.

Steve, nothing beats knowing the farmer who grew your food...unless it is growing the food yourself.

Tammy, we rarely shop a big box but if we can't avoid it then we want it to be someone who really participate in the community and treat their employees well, not just hire them.  I know the local farmers love you since you not only cook with local produce but you do the whole canning and freezing thing.

Ken, very good point.  It is a great way to be working with our community.

Kathy, that's the whole point, isn't it.  They support us and we support them back.

Leslie, no one knows better than we do how hard someone works with a small business including doing fair employment practices.

Apr 27, 2013 08:59 AM #18
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Kat DeLong
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I love to shop  locally... One, because it helps the local people. Two, because I live on a mountain and it's much easier.  I do go "down the mountain" once a month to pick up "Costco" stuff... but mainly I shop right here.

Apr 27, 2013 09:38 AM #19
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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
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Hi Mona, it sounds like you had a great day-I love to shop at local small businesses rather than the big box stores-I don't go to Costco because I do not buy in bulk like that and find that local retailers appreciate seeing me and we've developed a relationship.

Apr 27, 2013 11:30 AM #20
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Andrea Bedard
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Shopping locally makes me happy, too, Mona. It's a much more enjoyable experience. The local shop owners are always friendly and welcoming, the quality of the products is much better and I feel good about supporting them.

Apr 27, 2013 11:33 AM #21
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Karen Anne Stone
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Mona:  Earning locally, and then shopping locally just makes so much sense.  Also, there is such a great feeling... both on the merchant's part, and on your part... when you take your local earnings and spend them locally... in that you know you are helping sustain all of the local businesses... which of course makes these towns such great places to live... and helps maintain their "local character."

There is no way you could promote your own business any better than by showing these local merchants how much you believe in promoting THEIR businesses.  Success is so much easier when it is a Two Way Street.

Congratulations on your Gold Star and your Featured Post.  Way.  To.  Go!

Apr 27, 2013 11:45 AM #22
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Mona Gersky
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Kat, of all the big box stores, Costco has the best reputation for taking care of their employees.

Joanna, we're all about developing relationships.

Andrea, it's a good feeling on both parts...the consumer and the merchant.  You are right, the service is much friendlier.

Karen Anne, nice to hear from you.  Maintaining local character certainly seems important to the people commenting today!

Apr 27, 2013 01:27 PM #23
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
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We buy almost eveything locally except our gas for our trucks.  35 miles from here it is always 15 to 25 cents per gallon less.  I am in that town frequently for work...and rarely buy gas at our high price.

Apr 27, 2013 01:56 PM #24
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By the way...the peppers in that photo make my mouth water... we have been so cold here no one even has their gardens planted yet... but 80 tomorrow after having snow 6 days ago...  I need to to have some home grown produce!!

Apr 27, 2013 01:58 PM #25
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Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
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We love shopping locally... we have lived in our area for close to 30 years and have built wonderful relationships with all the local merchants... Happy Day

Apr 27, 2013 08:42 PM #26
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Mona. Excellent post and so very true. I found this on Facebook, the new arena you avoided so long and now flood with interesting insights and of couse our posts. Enjoy the day.

Apr 27, 2013 09:25 PM #27
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Caroline Fitzgerald - BestPreppedListings.com
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That sounds like a perfect spring day, Mona! I hope the tractor is back in full Chesney-esque sexiness :-), that there was still stuff to be had at the farmers market, and that the rain help off for the festival! Fun day! YAY for spring AND for buying locally!

Apr 28, 2013 04:04 AM #28
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