Right now we all find ourselves in a state of uncertainty. It is disconcerting not knowing how things are going to move forward whilst we are in the midst of the corona virus pandemic. However one day this will be over – it is ever so important that we all focus on this and know it to be true.
In the mean time it really is important to keep on living. Keep on looking after ourselves, our loved ones and on keeping our economy going. Last weekend I was ever so pleased at taking part in the AMEX shop small campaign – see here for the fun video posted.
Shopping small/local is so much more important than most of us give it credit for. It’s not just abut helping local businesses survive. Every little thing you do counts and especially when it comes to buying local.
Keep reading fore more about “Every Little Thing You Do Counts – plus the Latest FunkyForty Favourite Shops Update”
Every Little Thing You Do Counts – plus the Latest FunkyForty Favourite Shops Update
I’m not saying go out there and buy what you don’t need. However I am saying before you sit down in front of your computer for another online shopping spree think of the following:
The Domino Effect
Helping your local business survive will lead in turn to them also being able to continue paying their suppliers, employees, social bills and much more. In the end every local shop You support will end up being of benefit to You in some way too!
The Mental Health aspect
Whilst it might be convenient to shop with the huge conglomerates online, a physical trip to your local shop will give you so much more. Fresh air, a little exercise, meeting and greeting new people. Brain stimulation – your mind is open to so much more. Every purchase you make in a local store leaves you with a lovely memory.
Keeping our identities
Remember large conglomerates are going to stick to mainstream items that are sure to sell. If you do shop online, stick to the small niche stores. Make an effort to shop with businesses that are doing something good for society – Atelier Avanzar is one of my favourite recommendations. Vanessa Martinelli is another favourite for online shopping with her beautiful original collection of silk garments and unique jewellery pieces.
If in Zurich go and visit:
This colourful shop is full of surprises. From charming pieces of jewellery, Zurich’s best bootie and shoe collection as well as plenty of pretty knits and over 300 scarves to choose from.
Situated in Zurich’s old town close to Bellevue Orlando Maroquinier’s shop is a real must visit for any bag lover. Not only can you get your own bespoke bag made for you, you can also attend one of his classes and make your very own bag.
I am totally in love wit my new blue bag that is perfect for both the city or weekend trips into the countryside. I could choose every last piece of this bag right down tot he colour of stitching. Bags start at CHF 250 and this one would cost around CHF 350 – why not treat yourself or a loved one to a bespoke bag for Christmas.
Situated in the Witikon centre with plenty of parking and public transport possibilities. This shop has a huge selection, particularly great for picking up your good quality basics. There really is something for every budget and size.
I am totally in love with the Caramello silk collection.
Exceptional fabrics from a family-run business in Como, Italy – the ancient silk capital of the world – form the foundation of Vanessa Martinelli’s exquisite silkwear collection. Italian artisans carefully sew each item by hand, ensuring the luxurious fabrics drape beautifully and the iconic candy motifs gently shimmer across the flattering silhouettes.
Plus check out her ever so cute matching jewellery pieces at a range of different prices.
A bag label created by Margarita, a lovely woman from Ecuador now living in Switzerland. All of her bags are hand made in Ecuador by local women. There is also a special Avanzar foundation that has been set up and profits from the bags go to this foundation which supports sick children and women in need in Ecuador.
My current love is the blue bag pictures above – it is the perfect size for shopping. Not to mention the perfect size for my camera too! Beautifully lined with plenty of pockets for small items so my keys etc are always super easy to find.
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