This week we have been taking part in the Just a card campaign, the idea is simply to raise awareness and remind people to support their local makers, creatives and independent shops. This week when many people get into a frenzy, camping outside stores for Black Friday deals we wanted to create a rainbow of independent loveliness. Yes it’s great to get a deal, but for many small independent shops, we simply can’t do the sort of crazy deals that the big shops offer. We stock big brands which we buy directly from the brands. The problem we have is that we don’t buy in anything like large enough quantities to be able to profitably discount like the big chains.  We also pay for our stock up front, unlike many of the big stores who have sale or return deals with brands. We do have some discounted sock which is available for online orders do offer a friendly, fair service and will always try to go the extra mile for a customer. We employ local people, and we pay local taxes. We support local community schemes and charitable events. also support 30 small businesses in our handmade shop upstairs which gives you an amazing choice of  totally unique gifts, something that more than compensates for a Black Friday Deal.  There is always someone that can be a challenge to buy something for, however this year I think I have found the solution..and its handmade! Do visit the handmade shop if  you haven’t already, there really is a great range of gifts available and you will be supporting local small businesses at the same time.