buying local december 4-10

Lisa Dugdale, the woman behind the sustainable business organization Think Local First just left a comment on the Future of Ypsi blog suggesting that we ask a few of our local officials to make a public pledge stating that they will buy from local businesses as much as possible during this year’s Buy Local Week (December 4-10). It’s a good idea, and I think that we should pursue it. I think we should also ask our mayor to officially designate the week as “Buy Local Week” in Ypsi, as Mayor Hieftje has done in Ann Arbor… I don’t really have time to get a formal campaign going, but if someone else wants to, I’d be happy to sign on. I’m looking forward to doing it actually. I’m curious to see where problems might arise… If enough of us decide to do it, we could even start a little mini-blog around the project, sharing tips, etc… So, is anyone else up for it?

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  1. danandkitty
    Posted October 30, 2006 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Here in Austin, we have Austin Unchained… it’s a weekend in November and we encourage folks to spend their holiday money locally. We also used those Civic Economics consultants to measure the impact of a single day spent locally instead of not.

    This Ypsi project is a good one!

  2. mark
    Posted October 30, 2006 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    Do you have the findings of that study? Has it been completed? If so, I’d love to see the report.

  3. danandkitty
    Posted October 31, 2006 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    I’ll try and find it…

  4. lynne
    Posted November 1, 2006 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    That is an excellent idea. I have already decided to try to buy my Christmas gifts locally (or at least as many as I can) so the timing of that event is just about perfect.

  5. Hillary
    Posted November 1, 2006 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    I tried that once. “Fuck Holidays” cards from HF went over well and Grandma enjoyed her Crimewave magazine. Beeswax candles from the co-op make nice gifts.

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