5 reasons to shop local

I’m sure I’m not the only one to espouse the benefits of shopping local. I’ve noticed that recently I prefer shopping locally at a store (and even thrifting!) than buying items online, even though I know sometimes it’s necessary. Here are my 5 reasons why I think you should shop local:

  1. Your money goes to support a local family instead of a corporation. That family uses the money from their store to take care of their kids, support the local community, and grow their business.
  2. You get to see and touch the items before you buy. For me, I have a hard time fitting in clothes and/or shoes unless I already know the cut or the brand. At a local boutique, you can try out new brands, styles, and cuts without having to deal with mailing back returns. You can use all your senses from sight to smell to pick a favorite piece to take home (think luscious leather bag!).
  3. You get personal attention. If you need help picking out that perfect gift for Mom, stopping by a local boutique is a good way to find something with the help of an expert. They’ll spend the time to help you find what you’re looking for.
  4. You might make new friends. I know this sounds a bit unusual, but take it from my personal experience that when you frequent a small local shop, you tend to see the same folks there and eventually you get to know each other. You might even make a few new friends!
  5. You might find a trendy surprise! Local boutiques often get unusual, handmade, vintage, or hard-to-find pieces. So if you’re looking for that trendy yet one-of-a-kind of piece of jewelry, purse, or dress, check out your local boutique!

Peachy Keen boutique - Cary, North Carolina Peachy Keen boutique - Cary, North Carolina Peachy Keen boutique - Cary, North Carolina Peachy Keen boutique - Cary, North Carolina

I’ve hopefully convinced you that shopping local is the best. Now let me introduce y’all to a great local shop that I had the pleasure of visiting last night. Peachy Keen {yes you can shop online!} is a trendy local boutique in Cary, North Carolina that shares a space with an amazing fine jewelry consignment shop, Joint Venture Jewelry.  I’ve sort of known the lovely family that owns the shop for a while, as they sold my hubby and I my gorgeous engagement ring back in 2008. So when I was invited to a VIP event at Peachy Keen, I was excited to check out the new space (they had moved a few years back).

Peachy Keen has a lovely selection of Liebeskind Berlin bags, lovely clothes (even Johnny Was), jeans, shoes, and jewelry. I had no idea that I’d be coming home with two pairs of Melissa shoes for myself and a lovely Hobo International wallet for my mom’s birthday–all on sale.

Melissa Petal - Pink Pearl - Shoes Melissa Petal - Pink Pearl -- Melissa Harmonic Sandals

If you’re local to the Triangle area of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary), go check out Peachy Keen and Joint Venture Jewelry in Cary. If you’re not local, you can still shop online.

And if you are local, I’d like to invite you to some upcoming events in Cary, NC:

  • Joint Venture Jewelry’s 18th Anniversary Winesday Party 
    • August 17 from 5-8 p.m. at Joint Venture Jewelry
    • Joint Venture Jewelry is inviting Triangle residents to celebrate its 18th Anniversary in style! Come sip wine and sparkle! There will be a special wine tasting as well as storewide sales and exclusive offers.
    • Visit www.jointventurejewelry.com for more information.
    • Location: 250 Grande Heights in Cary, NC. 
  • Peachy Keen’s 4th Birthday Party
    • August 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at Peachy Keen
    • Triangle residents are invited to come celebrate the milestone with fabulous sales, a tasty food truck and trendy trunk shows including Paige Denim!
    • Location: 250 Grande Heights in Cary, NC. 
  • Peachy Wears Hope Fall Fashion Show 
    • September 29 starting at 7 p.m. at Peachy Keen
    • Shop for a cause at Peachy Keen! Cocktail hour starts at 7 p.m. with live music, a braid bar, tasty food and Peachy Keen models showing off the hottest fall fashions. All benefits go toward Headbands of Hope and Duke Children’s Hospital.

3 thoughts on “5 reasons to shop local

  1. Nout…great post! I always shop local – it’s so important to show interest in our neighbourhood and to support our neighbours/business owners! It builds community – as you mentioned, making friends often results. These stores are fab and your shoes are gorgeous! If I lived close by I’d def be there. Enjoy! X

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