FullSizeRender (1)With what shopping you have remaining, consider shopping local. Yes, I love the ease of Amazon too. It’s great not fighting crowds and to have doorstep deliveries in a day or two. Here is a clip of our dinner time table talk from this weekend. It gave me pause and I hope it will you too. At least, think about it before opening the Amazon app. If we stop shopping local, our stores don’t collect sales tax and they don’t make bank.

In our community, we’ve watched four major big box stores fold: Best Buy, Bergner’s (a/k/a Yonkers in the east), Sears and Penneys. K-Mart is next. I’m not a fan of big box stores. IKEA gives me Vertigo, it’s so overwhelming. But, whether large or small, merchants employ people. People make money. People spend money. Repeat. 

With stores -big or small – already closed or those facing the possibility, the city and state loses necessary income from tax collection. I’m no economist, but I know enough to understand that city services (think: garbage collection, infrastructure, emergency services) depend on taxes. 

Garbage in – garbage out. Think back to your ‘hoods last garbage pick-up day.  Ours was Friday after Thanksgiving. Everyone had tons of bagged crap. What if that morning the city guys said, “No more garbage collection. Out of money. Out of gas. Out of biz.”  Visions of third world streets flash in my brain. Hi Willard. Yuck

Ding-dong. It’s not Girl Scout cookie time yet. It’s the neighbor stopping by to tell you your chimney’s on fire. Who ya gonna call? Firemen are all taking naps, because , well, you know why. (See #1 above. Same problem, different department.)

On Dancer, On Prancer…  Sunday night, our neck of the woods got 6-8 inches of white stuff. Yes, it was pretty, but driving to work on Monday would have been easier with a sleigh and reindeer or a pack of dogs. But the snowplows are idle and the only salt around is in a shaker on your stove. 

Spring has sprung. After the snow and the ice, often what remains are the potholes. Typically, this is when the city and state crews start screwing up traffic and fix our streets, bridges and highways. While it’s annoying to be delayed or detoured, it’s worth the wait. Unless the wait is a while. A lonnnnnnnnggggggggg while. Like forever.

The shopping model has changed and continues to do so. If you don’t like the clerk in the craft department, just order your ModPodge from Amazon, right? You broke your ankle in a pothole and can’t get out. Amazon is perfect, for this scenario too. I LOVE EASY, TOO! But I also know, something has to change before our Mom & Pop shops flop. It won’t be long before online shopping is taxed to the max so that the local governments can continue operations. That day is coming and it probably needs to get here fast. 

In the meantime, when you can’t get out, call a friend. Or call me. I LOVE shopping with other people’s money! I’m not a certified personal shopper, but I’d be happy to help. I’ve gotten good training from my dad who delivered purses, shoes and hosiery anytime we were in the car.

Local business is the lifeblood of our communities. Keep it flowin’ now, won’t you do your part? Bw