Three Reasons to Shop Locally this Christmas
St Mawes Gallery is a small business. It’s just us, a husband and wife team, putting our all into something we love. So we know first-hand what support and better yet, a sale, means. Without you, we would not be able to be here, but your decision to shop with us doesn’t stop here, in the gallery. It extends to our entire local economy, the artists who provide us with such exceptional work and even globally, to help preserve and protect our planet that now, in the face of extreme pollution, over-consumption and over-use of plastic is in such great need.
With Christmas just around the corner, we urge everyone to become fully present to what your own, individual choices mean. It may be easier than ever to order your lot from Amazon, but do you really want to support a business that uses what is now being referred to as modern slavery? Yes, a stocking is easier to cram full of plastic knick-knacks, but do you really want to waste your money on things your loved ones don’t want or need, only to further pollute our planet? We imagine that the answer is probably, no.
On the other hand, do you love the idea of your hard-earned cash being spent on something that is created with love and care, that the recipient will truly treasure? Does it make you smile to think of the happiness your support will bring to an independent retailer or artist? Yeah, us too. And beside, what’s not to love about a festive day out? Wrapped up warm, Christmas coffee in hand, surrounding by twinkling lights, spicy scents and family and friends.
If you’re not sold on shopping locally, both at the Made in Cornwall Christmas market and right here, at our very own St Mawes Gallery, here are just a few more reasons to help make your mind up!