What is local?

True Story…
I was driving home from work (the shop) Sunday and thinking about a project I wanted to work on Monday and I knew I hadn’t brought home what I needed to work on it and as I headed into North Attleboro, the strangest thing happened to me… something that hadn’t happened in quite a long time… I said to myself… Self: if you need anything you can just run over to Quilters Stash and grab it…

WOW that blew my mind!

Not because I was thinking of shopping at another local quilt shop…

Not because I was thinking of going to a shop that hasn’t been open in several years…

The reason was because it was local or in other words it was closer to home

So, what is local? Previous to this event…
I had been recently thinking  ALOT about what local means, we hear it all the time …Support your “local” quilt shop. But what is local exactly? Many of you know I’m from North Attleboro and to me local was having a quilt shop in my own town (less than 2 miles away)! So on Saturday at 5:45, I could inevitably run over and pick up one or two last minute things before closing time.

Yeah that is nice, isn’t it! (says the folks reading this who live in Bellingham, Franklin or the bordering towns – or live in towns that have a shop or two in them)!

Now… the nearest quilt shops to me are – my own Dragonfly’s of course, in Bellingham & 2 in Franklin (all of which are only 10-15 miles from where I live),

That’s awesome! (says the folks reading this who don’t have a quilt shop in their town or area at all).

So, what does local mean to you?  How far do you travel to get to your “local” shop? What if it was no longer there, how far would you then have to travel?

If you live in a more rural area of the state or another state – local might be 40 minutes to an hour  or more…

In Row by Row land… local is all/most of MA, RI or even most of New England…