Think Christmas, buy local

Before you head to the malls with your holiday gift list, consider buying locally produced or handmade gifts this year. According to researchers quoted in Time magazine, when you purchase locally crafted items, more of your money stays in your community. And who doesn’t appreciate receiving a gift with a hometown connection?

“The Christmas season has come to mean the period when the public plays Santa Claus to department store merchants.”  ~John Andrew Holmes

So if you’re in Royal Oak this weekend, I hope you’ll visit Salt Box Specialties’ annual FALL AND HOLIDAY CRAFT SHOW at the First Congregational Church of Royal Oak. The show features more than 40 local vendors, including several new crafters and books of local interest. Signed copies of my collection of family stories, Writing Home, will be available at a special discount for craft fair shoppers, with proceeds going to the Welcome Inn day shelter for the homeless. Hours for the show: Friday, Nov. 12, 4:00 – 9:00 pm and Saturday, Nov 13, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Admission is $2.00. –CL