Monday, 9 February 2015

Just a card campaign

“If everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought just a card we’d still be open.”

When Sarah Hamilton heard this said by a shopkeeper who'd recently had to close her gallery she decided to start a campaign to encourage people to buy from independent sellers and to understand just how important each sale is......and so began the 'Just a card' campaign.
At the time I read about this campaign Sian announced her next 'pile of postcards' exchange.....where all the participants exchange 6 postcards with other bloggers from around the world....and I visited the 'Ladybird by Design' exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill......a wonderful exhibition to celebrate 100 years of Ladybird books......a real taste of nostalgia for anyone in the UK who was a child in the 60s/70s/80s 
and like so many galleries the De La Warr has a little gift shop......and in there I bought some postcards especially made for the exhibition.....ready to send round the world.

Do you try and buy from independent sellers and galleries....even if it is 'just a card'?

21 comments:

Louise said...

Yes i do. I much prefer the smaller (usually local) independent businesses. The exhibition sounds good x

debs14 said...

I try hard to support small local shops. It's nice to find something a little bit different, isn't it?

Kathyk said...

Great idea and well done to you Jacky for "passing it on"

Kathyk

Karen said...

Yes, I do! Those are absolutely charming postcards!

Melissa said...

We do buy from independent sellers when we can. How perfect that you were able to get your postcards for the exchange!!

Stephanie Gaunt said...

'Just a Card' is a great idea - I'll promote it on Hastings Battleaxe! We do visit a great many galleries, and generally buy a card...

Sian said...

Oh, these are perfect Jacky. I watched a programme about the Ladybird artwork recently and it was fascinating.

Yes, I'm a big postcard buyer whenever I visit anywhere. My favourite souvenir

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Yes, I certainly try to. If we're having coffee out I avoid Costa/Starbucks and go for an independent coffee shop.

Cheri said...

I love purchasing from independent sellers and keeping the money in our community whenever possible! Hopefully I'm raising my children to see the value in this as well.

pinky said...

Lovely idea Jacky! Loving the postcards, would loved to have went to that exhibition. I remember those books so well.

Sandra said...

I'm trying to buy locally these days and from smaller shops. Even online I'm trying to buy from the smaller online store

Karen said...

This is so true - I often go into little shops, admire their goods and then just walk out. I will give more thought to buying next time.

Alison said...

We don't really have much choice here.....all our local stores are independent ...no chain stores here! Xx Love your selection of cards! Xx

Hettie said...

I used to love my Ladybird books. Not seen them for some time. I think mine went to my nieces and nephews.
Like you I always try and buy local before looking elsewhere, but living in a rural area I am limited for choice. My local craft store has gone over to knitting and other than a few Distress Inks and some paper mache letters there is very little paper stuff there. Ho Hum.
Thanks for your visit. Love your card below.
xx

alexa said...

Or the 50s, for some of us :). I still have my Shopping With Mother book. How wonderful that there are postcards. I wish that exhibition wasn't so far away ...

Helen Philipps said...

Yes, I do....I bought a card from a small local retailer today. The exhibition looks so interesting. I love the oldest Ladybird books best!
Helen xox

ScrappingKatie said...

So true and it is so much nicer to give something original too. I hope my card reached you on time:) a grown version of the ladybird cards. :)

humel said...

Yes - to an extent, but you've made me think about it more, thank you :) Love the cards you sent, and love that I've seen a couple of them during my blog visits this afternoon!!

handmade by amalia said...

It's so important to support small business! And the same with the small coffee shops. Who wants to live in a boring Starbucks world?
Amalia
xo

Beverly said...

I do, I love that I am supporting a small business and usually am getting something different from everyone else.

Rachel B said...

Yes but like Humel said you have made me think about it more. These are gorgeous postcards :)