Hey guys! The amaaaaaaaaazing Kam from Campfire Chic has generously offered to host a giveaway on my blog to help celebrate Small Business Owner's Day! How awesome is that? She is not only hosting a giveaway, but she also has a challenge for you guys to do. I'm so happy to be sharing this blog post with you guys, it's amazing! Thanks so much Kam!
Happy Small Business Owners Day!
It's Kam from Campfire Chic again :) Today, I'm here to celebrate Small Business Owners Day with you...and do a giveaway! I know you heard from me only a few short weeks ago, but I just can't help myself! I love this project and think Holly is
So, Small Business Owners Day is also known as Mom & Pop Business Owners Day, and it celebrates all the little guys out there :) Yes, from the cute diner down the road, and the hardware store on Main Street, to the online marketplace seller.
Holly usually posts about how she celebrates the day. I'm doing that, AND issuing you a challenge, PLUS hosting a giveaway for all you small business owners, or those looking to own a small business one day!
Here's your challenge: Project 3/50.
Essentially, the challenge is to visit 3 local, independently owned shops in your town (or online, or wherever you happen to be) and spend $50 at these stores. I don't mean $150, I mean $50 total for the month. You know you can do it.
Here are some ways I do the 3/50 Project:
|Latte art. Taken at Kaffa in Orange, CA|
Skip the mega-coffee shop......and stop in at your local cafe in the morning to grab your favorite beverage. While the price may be a few cents more than the mega-store, you're helping your community...heck, you may just fall in love with the comfy chairs, smiling faces, and latte art that you'll stop in a few times that month. Total: $20
|Le boyfriend settling in between the stacks at Bookman in Orange, CA|
I'm talking about the stores named Spellbinder and Pages in Time, not ones that have a giant section just for 'New Teen Paranormal Romance' (it's an actual section, apparently). As soon as you walk in, you know you're in a totally different world. Books aren't stacked neatly, there is a trade-in program, and all the books have that smell...the smell of books that are well-loved and waiting to be adopted by another owner. You won't have to pay for shipping, so let's say the total comes to $10
|Taken in 2009 at Vista Farmer's Market in Vista, CA|
Farmer's Market.Do I really need to elaborate on this one? The strawberries you buy from the supermarket are only good for one, maybe two days. The ones from the farmer's market last longer, are generally larger, and have a smaller eco-footprint considering they most likely came from within driving distance. Let's say you pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers, grab a sweet crepe to snack on while you walk around, splurge on a basil plant, and grab a jar of wildflower honey. You're looking at about $20-$30!
Wait, am I doing my math correctly? Did you just spend $50-$60?! Yep, Mr. Calculator doesn't lie, just stimulated your local economy while finding a great new place to meet your girlfriends on Saturday morning, scoring something to read on your lunch break, and shopping for some essentials. Look at you.
Now that you took the challenge, why not dive into the exciting world of being a small business owner?
One of the first things I did after opening my shop was purchase The Handmade Marketplace. I think it is a great resource and I still pull it out and glance through it for answers/inspiration. I'm not ready to part with my copy, so I bought a second one to give away to one lucky winner!
- Let us know what local shops in your town you love supporting! (1 entry)
- Check out Kam's blog Campfire Chic & make sure you're following it! Leave her a comment to say hi! (2 entries)
- Follow Holly Knitlightly. (1 entry)
- Follow Kam & moi on twitter. (1 entry)
- Tweet about this giveaway! Feel free to use this:
Celebrate Small Business Owner's Day with @CampfireChic & @Hllly and get the chance to win an awesome giveaway! http://bit.ly/fMsNgf
- Leave a comment with a random fact about yourself! (1 entry. Haha I can never get enough of these!)