You know the ‘buy local’ movement, and its logic? I’ve decided that it works for reclaiming too.
I like supporting local small businesses. Especially the ones who make quality products. But what happens when I can’t support them by purchasing their products, because I don’t have the money at the moment?
Take, for example, my favourite local furniture maker. I would simply love to buy one of Richard’s pieces. (Particularly since our oldest couch is nearing 12 years old, and is falling apart.) But I can’t buy one right now. Instead, I tormented the poor guy by visiting him on Friday to ask if I could purchase some of his fabric offcuts. These are pieces of high quality upholstery fabric that are too small for furniture. Richard gives them to me for a reasonable price. This is great for me, because I can buy fabric that would ordinarily be out of reach of my budget. And it’s good for Richard too, because he can recoup some of his outlay for the fabric.
I get to make some lovely things with the fabric. (Bag linings for crochet bags, and cushion-covers, to name a few.) And one day, hopefully next year, I will waltz into the showroom and order a couch, and Richard’s eyebrows will animatedly rise several millimetres skywards.