As the economy slowly comes back to normal, we’re all getting back to our regular shopping routines.

But before you get out there, consider where you want to spend your money — right now, local businesses need your support more than ever before.

Whether you’re shopping for a new TV, top fashion, or new outdoor and sports gear, head to your neighborhood, family-owned shop before you go anywhere else.

Shopping local is the right thing to do. Plus, it’s an all-around better experience!

Here are a few of the key benefits of Shopping Local:

1. High-quality goods

High-quality goods
Woodstock, VT, USA Christmas lights and decorations shine in Woodstock, Vermont’s downtown district

Big chain stores might have lower prices, but they don’t guarantee the great quality that you can find in your local Mom-and-Pop-shop.

That’s because local businesses are all about quality over quantity. They want to sell a few high-quality products every day, instead of mass-producing cheap junk for maximum profit.

And — especially if you’re looking for fishing and camping equipment — great quality matters!

2. Better customer service

Better customer service
Couple at a furniture store paying at the cashier with a smartphone contactless payment

Let’s face it: you just won’t find the same level of personal customer service at a department store as you will at a local business.

Smaller stores simply have more time to dedicate to each customer. Instead of dealing with dishonest salespeople, you can get real advice and expertise as you shop.

On top of that, you won’t have to wait for hours on hold if you ever need to return an item or have a question.

3. Small environmental impact

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Young woman local shopping in a vintage clothing store in Japan

Not only do small businesses need more support these days — the environment does, too!

When you shop local, you’re supporting businesses with less long-distance shipping, small-scale production, and better environmental practices. You can feel good about your personal impact, not guilty.

Ready to make a difference by shopping local? Head to your local Colusa outdoor store, and shop the right way!

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