Most of the customers were awesome, they appreciated my work, I received lots of complements and had some great discussions about everything from pottery to OCD. I feel like I've made some new friends. However, this one experience keeps sticking in my head so I have to write about it.
I should have mentioned that when you buy locally you keep a lot more money in your neighborhood, which is good for you. It's good for the local economy because I'm going to spend that money locally supporting people like the venders at the East Atlanta Farmer's Market or Park Pet Supply who hires our neighbors. This is all good for her property values so buying locally is actually less expensive than buying something cheaper on-line.
I could have educated her about the time it takes to make a hand crafted item, how it's expensive to fire a kiln, how I care about the pieces I make and put a little bit of myself into each piece I create. I am assuming she didn't mean that I'm not worth it, but that's what I heard, and that hurts. Of course she thinks that spending $35 on a nice gift for her mother is "too much," and I think if $35 to make your mother happy on Mother's Day is too much then I shouldn't be hurt, it's just how this woman thinks and then I was sad. I'm lucky, I have a mother I can love, not everyone has that.
Why Buy Local?
Time Business Article - Buying Local: How it Boosts The Economy
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