Tomorrow is “Shop Small Saturday.” Though I have known about the event for a number of years, I didn’t truly appreciate what it can mean until I learned a valuable lesson from my daughter Grace.
She has worked a summer job at Jellystone since she was 15. Last year we were at some City function and I was surprised that she knew so many of the local business owners. Later that night I asked her how she knew what I thought was an odd collection of small business people and probably people that an average freshman in college would not know.
Her answer: “They buy propane at Jellystone.”
I’m sure you can appreciate that locals probably don’t visit Frankenmuth Jellystone often for camping reasons. But these business owners find a way to support other small local businesses. And it goes back to something that we’ve probably been told – don’t do what’s easy, do what’s right. And maybe that means thinking a little harder about where we spend our $20.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m an Amazon Prime member and there’s something to be said about shopping in your pajamas from home. But ever since I heard the propane tank story, I’m trying harder to shop purposefully rather than conveniently.