Your neighbourhood consignment store – the ULTIMATE in shopping local!

When you own a business in a small community, the topic of shopping local comes up often. Towns like Cochrane are full of people who shop local, for varying reasons.  If you ask a hundred different people why they do it, you’ll get a hundred different answers.  For some, it’s simply about convenience.  For others, it’s a deeply-held principle that guides their every action as a consumer.  Most of us fall somewhere in the middle.

I’ve seen a meme circulating around Facebook that says something to the effect of “when you support a small business, you aren’t funding a CEO’s vacation home, you are paying for a small business owner to put her daughter in dance classes, etc, etc.”.  It’s a lovely sentiment, but I hope people shop and consign at Great Things in Store for so much.  I hope our customers see how we really try to enrich the community we live in, how we work hard to provide the products they want and need, how we want to help new moms learn to use that baby carrier they just purchased, how we want to help make it more affordable to clothe a family, and on and on.  It’s a relationship that goes both ways, and we never want to lose sight of the fact that we too must support the community we live in if we expect it in return.

I stole the idea for the title of this post from the treasurer (Neil Abramson) of a resale association I belong to.  In a recent newsletter, he wrote about how consignment stores are the ultimate small businesses.  You see, not only are they owned by local businesspeople who employ locals and spend much of their profits right back in their communities, but they also source much of their inventory locally.  In the case of Great Things in Store, we’ve paid hundreds of thousands of dollars back to local families who’ve consigned with us, and those dollars have then gone back into our local economy.  So the next time you shop or consign with us, think about the far-reaching impacts of your decision to shop local.  Everyone wins.


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