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I’m a passionate supporter of handmade. I love that One Thimble gives me an opportunity to support and promote handmade businesses. And when Rachel from Sew Today Clean Tomorrow asked me to take part in her blog series I support local, I was really chuffed to have an opportunity to talk about something I feel so strongly about. (You can read her interview with me HERE. )
BUT today I realised that for some reason I hadn’t thought beyond my handmade bubble to see that
“I Support Local” is so much bigger than just handmade.
It has been typical wet season weather here in Cairns and Lexie (our 6 month old Kelpie cross puppy) is going stir crazy, so I decided to go and get her the biggest bone she’d ever seen!!!! I always buy our meat while doing the groceries and in the twelve years we’ve lived here I’ve never been to the local butcher. To be honest it’d never actually occurred to me to buy my meat anywhere except from the grocery store. But I was on a bone mission, so today I went to the butcher.
The butcher seemed grandfatherly (not at all like I’d expected), his wife was packing orders and a younger man (apprentice?) was there too. I told them what I was after and why and that Lexie is our first dog and that I wasn’t really sure what sort of bone would be suitable (I’m the Queen of TMI). He asked me about her breed and size and disappeared out the back. While he was gone his wife asked me about my plans for the weekend and I read the pin board – adverts for other local businesses, a school looking for host families, someone looking to sell their puppies . . . but I still didn’t get it. The butcher came back with a massive bag of bones for Lexie. I had my money out and asked him how much and he said, “Oh no, nothing for them, hope your dog likes them. Maybe one day if you’re looking to buy some beef you might think of coming here”.
And BAM! It hit me. Local businesses aren’t all pretty, they’re not all “handmade” or “crafty”, they’re not all the sorts of jobs I’d like to do, but they’re run by real people who’re part of their communities. People who’re trying to make a living and support their families and if they can help the local school find host families then they’ll stick that poster on their wall.
So even though some days I’m a real idiot and somehow miss seeing what’s right in front of my nose, I’m prepared to learn and next time “I’m looking to buy some beef”, you know where I’m heading!