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All About I Pledge to Shop Independent – The Movement

I pledge to shop independent.  Do you too?

Shopping with independent shops (both in person and online) is good for everyone.  The shopper, the shop keeper and the economy as a whole.

It is the best shopping experience for the shopper.  It means your money stays in the local and UK economies.   It keeps the wonderful shop keeper in business and ensures their passion, creativity and skills continue to thrive.

How dull and poor life would be without them.

Choosing to shop independent is something to be proud of, something to shout about and something to inspire others to do too.

Independent shops are amazing.

This is why I have created the I Pledge to Shop Independent movement.  The #ipledgeindie campaign.  It is for shoppers and shops, all sharing the shops they love, the products they buy and inspiring others to join them on choosing to shop independent every single day.  For everything they buy.

For months I have been mulling over how to shout about these brilliant shops, inspire more and more people to choose them  and to proudly tell everyone I shop independent.  I now have the way.

 

I pledge to shop independent. Sharing independent shops at Love Our Shops UK shopping directory.

I pledge to shop independent. Sharing independent shops at Love Our Shops UK shopping directory. Shops shared here are Colmers Hill Fashion Boutique, Little Hamper Company, Mr G Loves Miss B and Totem Tea Shop.

 

THE AHA MOMENT

I was chatting to my lovely friend Emma.  Out of the blue she said “I pledge to shop with independent shops as much as I can”. I could have hugged her.  That was it!  The thing I had been looking for.

That little sentence summed up perfectly what I was trying to create in a shop independent movement.

Inspire people to proudly say “I pledge to shop independent”.

 

WHAT IS I PLEDGE TO SHOP INDEPENDENT?

I pledge to shop independent, #ipledgeindie, is a movement towards shopping independent every single day.

Sometimes it is hard to do.  But most of the time it is possible and easy when you know where to find these amazing shops.

With a little bit of awareness, inspiration, sharing and thought, we can all shop independent more and share how proud we are to do it.

Independent shops are the best places to shop.

#ipledgeindie highlights and shares how we are all moving towards thinking about not only what we buy, but where we buy it from.  Inspiring others to do the same.

I pledge to shop independent. Sharing independent shops at Love Our Shops UK shopping directory.

I pledge to shop independent. Sharing independent shops at Love Our Shops UK shopping directory.  Here, I am sharing Kitchen Heroes, Purple Pixie, Two Little Boys and V-Eco Wraps.

 

HOW TO JOIN IN WITH THE MOVEMENT TO SHOP INDEPENDENT – AS A SHOPPER

Join me on the I pledge to shop independent campaign, #ipledgeindie.

Share where you are shopping and what you are buying.  That is all!  Use #ipledgeindie so we can all see what you share.

The main things to do are:

  • Use the #ipledgeindie tag so everyone can find it (tag me too if you want me to make sure I see them @loveourshopsuk)
  • Follow #ipledgeindie tag to see what others are sharing.
  • Join the

    I Pledge to Shop Independent Facebook Group, created especially for the sharing of where we are shopping and what we are buying.

Share the independent shops you love and the products you adore.  This will inspire others to join in too and shop independent.

Getting involved is easy but can make such a huge difference.  If you want more ideas about joining in – Joining in With #IPledgeIndie.

The most important thing to do is to use the #ipledgeindie tag in all your independent shopping posts.

 

I pledge to shop independent. Sharing independent shops at Love Our Shops UK shopping directory.

I pledge to shop independent. Sharing independent shops at Love Our Shops UK shopping directory.  The shops I am sharing here are Vixendale Gifts, Unique Planners, Wiggly Wigglers and Saloukee Jewellery.

 

IDEAS FOR GETTING INVOLVED WITH #IPLEDGEINDIE – AS A SHOPPER OR A SHOP

Some ideas for how to get involved with the I Pledge to Shop Independent campaign:

  • Share independent shops you love using #ipledgeindie – on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook
  • Tag me into your posts using @loveourshopsuk – this will help me see all that you share
  • Join the Facebook Group I Pledge to Shop Independent for inspiration and sharing, to ask questions when you want to find a particular shop or product, to support others and to inspire others
  • Tell your friends and followers “I Pledge to Shop Independent”.  You can use my graphic for this if you wish (it is at the bottom of this post).  It can be downloaded via the Facebook Group too, or I can email it to you by emailing me at barbara@loveourshopsuk.com
  • Follow the #ipledgeindie feed in Instagram, be inspired by it
  • Sign up to my newsletter for lots of inspiration for shopping independent (see link below)
  • Follow me on Instagram and Facebook

If you are an independent shop and want to get involved, head over to here How Independent Shops Can Join In.

 

I pledge to shop independent. Sharing independent shops at Love Our Shops UK shopping directory.

I pledge to shop independent. Sharing independent shops at Love Our Shops UK shopping directory. The shops I am sharing here are Poppy Treffry, Little Soap Company, JustBe Botanicals and Sunshine Gift Emporium.

 

 

Shopping at independents is good for all of us, I share the reasons why here, Why Shopping at Independent Shops is a Good Thing

I hope you will join me on this movement, be lovely to have you with me.

I pledge to shop independent every single day, #ipledgeindie.

Barbara

 

 

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I pledge to shop independent. Sharing independent shops at Love Our Shops UK shopping directory.

I pledge to shop independent. Sharing independent shops at Love Our Shops UK shopping directory.

 

I pledge to shop independent. Sharing independent shops at Love Our Shops UK shopping directory.

I pledge to shop independent. Sharing independent shops at Love Our Shops UK shopping directory.

 

All opinions in this blog post are mine. At the time of writing, any shops mentioned are members of my shopping directory.  Though I mention lots of shops here, you must form your own opinion as to whether the shop and their products are for you.

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