The easiest way to shop local!

I think it’s pretty clear that I love shopping local.

I try to buy as much as I can from local makers and artisans. I know from experience that this isn’t always easy, in today’s busy life. We often leave things to the last minute or don’t have time for anything other than a one-stop shop.

If you are looking to make the shift towards local let me point you in the easiest direction.

Purchase greeting cards from local artists.

That’s it. The easiest way to shop local - my big secret.

We all purchase cards and most of the time we just grab something mediocre from he grocery store aisle and groan that it costs $8.99 for a piece of paper. It is easier and cheaper (even when shipping is involved) to buy greeting cards from local makers.

i have compiled a list of some of my favourite local artists, so no more excuses!!!

Poppy and Lace, Chilliwack

Image by Poppy and Lace

Image by Poppy and Lace

Poppy and Lace is filling a local need for customizable gifts and pieces for you and your favourite people. Cards, paintings, wedding invitations, baby announcements and family portraits are just a few of the many orders that Poppy and Lace has fulfilled. These are truly creative hand painted originals for your every need.

Image by Poppy and Lace

Image by Poppy and Lace

Nancy Carol Studio, Port Moody

Image by Nancy Carol Studio

Image by Nancy Carol Studio

Proudly Canadian, Nancy Carol Studio’s mission is to give card lovers the confidence to connect with loved ones more often with beautiful hand illustrated pieces of art. All designs are original, usually funny, sometimes heartfelt, always loving!

Image by Nancy Carol Studio

Image by Nancy Carol Studio

Image by the Funky Fresh

Image by the Funky Fresh

Kelly currently works as a freelance artist collaborating with local businesses on their creative projects in Vancouver, BC, while also working on her dream - The Funky Fresh Art Shop, which shares her love of stationery art and strives to bring small joys to her customers.

Image by the Funky Fresh

Image by the Funky Fresh

Image by Papermain

Image by Papermain

Papermain specializes in vibrant and cheeky handmade greeting cards designed and illustrated by Nan Maung. Each card is crafted on recyclable cardstock with paint pen chromatic treatment.

Image by Papermain

Image by Papermain

Image by Yvonne Dale Watercolours

Image by Yvonne Dale Watercolours

Watercolours inspired by a decade of kayaking on Vancouver Island's West Coast.

Image by Yvonne Dale Watercolours

Image by Yvonne Dale Watercolours

Linden Paper co, Port Moody

Image by Linden Paper co

Image by Linden Paper co

Linden Paper Co. is passionate about designing high-quality stationery products that allow you to find the pleasure in any task.

Image by Linden Paper co

Image by Linden Paper co

Badger and Burke, Vancouver

Image by Badger and Burke

Image by Badger and Burke

Badger and Burke create super colourful and eclectic greeting cards, art prints, and more. Inspired by retro design and illustration, puppies, good food, and bad puns.

Image by Badger and Burke

Image by Badger and Burke

I know that it seems a little silly and simple, but I promise that this is one of the easiest ways to start supporting local makers and artisans in your community.  I always check out card displays at my favourite markets and shops, and pick a few to add to my collection at home, ready for any occasion to strike.  I might still need to tuck a gift card inside rather than getting a perfect locally made gift, but a step is a step!  Hopefully you have been inspired to check out the artists above, and to create your own card catalog!