I'm not going to lie. I'm a cheap person. If I'm feeling nice, I'll sometimes say that I am frugal. In reality, I am cheap. I have learned a few things in my old age, though...you DO get what you pay for...
One of my biggest hesitations with small business Saturday is that often small businesses have to charge a little more then your big box stores. You get what you pay for, though. When you shop small businesses, you are shopping goods that have been carefully curated by owners. Once upon a lifetime, I used to be on the merchant staff of a department store and a national specialty shop. Their selections are based on national sales numbers. Local, small businesses base their merchandise on what their customers are not only buying but, what they are SAYING. They listen and see you. They are hand picking each piece that goes into their store. They are choosing stuff that is awesome because they know that the only way to get you to come back is to have a good, quality selection.
When you purchase from a homemade business, it becomes even more personal. That person uses their inspiration and hands to provide you a product that provides a connection and, hopefully, a memory. Quite literally, you are holding their blood, sweat and tears in your hands.
Jill at The Bowtique asked me to do some product photography for her line of bows. I've only done one other product shoot so we decided to just start out with a few bows and see how it plays out. Luckily, I had the most beautiful model in the world living with me. My daughter and I took an afternoon and did some practice shots. Jill made each one of these bows and she has many more for you to choose from. If you get a chance, head over to her site and support a small business and most importantly an artist and a mom.
p.s. She also has a 20% off sale going on!