Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Plaid Friday!

So I am just learning about this movement, but I am already in love with it. Celebrate Plaid Friday this year! In an all-out rejection of the over-commercialized, non-local mall shopping that sends wads of cash outside of local creative people in your community, spend this friday closer to home, patronzing local stores and artist for your holiday shopping. Wear your favorite plaid shirt and hit the neighborhood bookstore, favorite town restaurants, and businesses that offer gift cards and put tax dollars right back into your own community.

I'm not the only one out there who thinks the future of our economy is a more local-based system. So why not embrace that in style? And for those of you unable to get out and shop at all, or surrounded only by Big Boc Stores and malls, why not do what Jon Katz suggested on his blog? Support independebnt businesses online. Here is an exceprt from the Bedlam Farm Blog today! Check out Bedlamfarm.com to see what Jon and his wife are cooking up at that creative farm for the holidays. Two word: Awesome Potholders.

We support Plaid Friday, the hottest growing social movement in the country, and a celebration of independence, individuality, creativity and freedom, a growing effort to reclaim the spirit of holidays, and of community. On Friday, we are celebrating the holiday several ways:

- From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., I will be at Battenkill Books, Cambridge, N.Y., (518 677 2515) to help take orders and say hello to the good people who are buying “Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die”,”Meet The Dogs Of Bedlam Farm,” or any of my other books. Call to buy one of these books, get a free video and Bedlam Farm notecard and help support a wonderful independent bookstore, the kind that needs to survive if our communities offer diversity and connection and so we will not all live inside of a box store or mammoth online corporation. You can order books at anytime from the store – they take Paypal – or call the store anytime at 518 677-2515. We are heading for 1,000 books sold by New Year’s and are at the 700 mark. You can also buy Jenna Woginrich’s wonderful new book “Barnheart” from Connie Brooks at Battenkill as well. It will be out this week and is a wonderful story of a gifted and brave young writer’s passion for her own farm. If anyone is in the spirit of Plaid Friday, Jenna is. Call and say hello. I’d love to meet you

P.S. The Beekman Boys just posted a blog for Barnheart!


Blogger JLP said...

Love this plan!! Also, Saturday after Thanksgiving is called Small Business Saturday and that is a good day for heading to small businesses near you and supporting them. Thanks Jenna!

November 22, 2011 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Luann said...

excellent idea!

November 22, 2011 at 12:56 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I just got my Beekman 1802 newsletter in my inbox! Yes, you are suggested reading material! :)

November 22, 2011 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Got my newsletter from the Beekman Boys today and read their shout-out for you - way to go! We have to get money being spent in the small businesses in our rural areas again in order for our communities to survive. I'm all for it as a regional and online rural business. Will be hoping for a little extra trade as a result!! Good luck to you Jenna and all your local friends. We need more like you and also more like the Beekman boys who are helping other local businesses gain recognition.

November 22, 2011 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Hi Jenna,
Thanks for sharing Plaid Friday. A couple of friends and I have been doing this for several years in our little corner of northeast PA to support local small business. We have been amazed at the wonderful things we are able to find in our own backyard (wines, crafts, toys foods etc). The knowledge that buying local supports our friends and neighbors in business is the best present of all.

November 22, 2011 at 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had not heard it called Plaid Friday but we are supporting small business Saturday and the Handmade Christmas movement. That does not mean you must hand make all the items yourself. Just that you should support those who are providing quality and not mass marketing cheap goods. Doing it locally, or at least from your own country, is a plus.
Although I will not refuse good quality handmade goods from other lands.

November 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Jen! I just signed your book today! It's waiting for you at Connie's store!

November 22, 2011 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

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November 22, 2011 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

It would be good to not include PayPal in Plaid Friday, as they are pretty far from that ideal. They are an eBay company, so a large corporation, and their fees and customer service are horrible.

Maybe buy your books from the store with a check or with a debit card from your local credit union. Seems more in keeping. I personally can't stand PayPal...

November 22, 2011 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger ~Christy said...

Very cool! Congrats on the book and LOVE the plaid friday idea. I've heard of Small Business Saturday which is what I'm headed for this weekend.

November 22, 2011 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger crashdown said...

Plaid Friday explicitly urges people NOT to order anything online--they want us to buy from local stores, in a meet-and-greet fashion. Buying online from stores that are local to someone else is not the Plaid Friday ideal. And beccaWA is correct: the folks on the Plaid Friday forums are particularly harsh on PayPal.

November 23, 2011 at 12:08 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Nuts to that! I say order online from indie shops is a fine way to spend plaid friday. It's a CAF adaptation for folks who want to support the farm and bookstore in Cambridge NY.

November 23, 2011 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Paypal is how I opay the mortgage, so I'm more than happy to promote it!

November 23, 2011 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger E said...

You might also like Wovember:
The idea is to show our collective appreciation of WOOL by wearing as much of this fabulous fibre as possible, and celebrating WOOL and its unique qualities in stories and pictures throughout the month of November. We hope that through our enthusiasm and creativity we can raise awareness of WHAT MAKES WOOL DIFFERENT, and jointly create a force for WOOL APPRECIATION strong enough to effect changes in how garments and textiles are described and marketed.


November 23, 2011 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Holly U said...

I do like the idea, though I still prefer to honor 'Buy Nothing Day' on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

November 23, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

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