Its all true, the boogie girl is real, and you've found her. She knits, sews, spins, does pottery and writes it all down in this blog.
Friday, May 05, 2006
My duty to buy
With MDSW less than 24 hours away.....
At SPA in February a fellow spinner was telling me how she felt that it was her duty to buy from the vendors. I chuckled a bit because haven't we all said something similar. It's the way an addict speaks. I love yarn/fiber, nay I need it! Therefore, it's my duty to buy it.
This was not the entire thought and what she said next made complete sense.
Vendors and farmers do this job of creating fibers, caring for livestock, small mills processing the fibers, small businesses dying/spinning yarns, all out of a labor of love. Unless you get to be a large well known company, you will not be rich doing this. Most small businesses and farmers are lucky to break even each year and even luckier still if they pull in a profit. Therefore they need to sell stuff just to keep going, if they can't sustain then they will cease to exist.
This is the idea that was put forth to me by this lovely lady. If you like a business and you want ensure it's survival then you need to purchase.
YAY! Spending money on the things we like and helping out small farmers. Does it get any better?
If you have a partner that balks at your fiber spending, you need to print this out and hand it to them on your way out the door to your favorite fiber festival. You aren't spending money and adding to your stash.
You are subsidizing the farmers.
It's all very simple really.
I won't be with you this weekend at MDSW but I will be there in spirit. So when you buy from your favorite small business/farmer think of me and know that you're making it possible for them to stay in business. Show your local farmer some love. Go buy some wool. Get an extra pound for me too.