I'm out of fresh ideas on the interwebs. I haven't been in the garden in so long the catalogs are mere teases, tempting me with items I can't appreciate in full. Since I am feeling the love this year, I'm avoiding things which make me grimace... like thinking about Elmo's muppeteer resigning... and I'm concentrating on the good.
So, back to my idea for this Friday's Shopping Secret : Shop Local.
The city of Fresno says that either $73 of every $100 or 45 cents of every $1 will stay in the local economy if you stay away from the big chains. I have issues with mathematical analyses so I checked with my boys; they can't have it both ways. Of course, Big Cuter suggests that it's really $118 out of every $100 but that's more a by-product of lying on Douglas with his Dad than any real math-ness...... but I digress.
There are little shops you've driven by a dozen times - go in.
There are bakeries and fruit stands and wine shops that have tempted you from afar - give in.
Ask the waitress where she found those fabulous earrings; I'll bet it was an artisan whose work you can find just down the street.
I, for one, am going to get an early start on the brownie list. It doesn't get more local than my own kitchen, after all.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend, denizens.