V is for Visit.
A local museum, art gallery, craft fair or shop selling handmade items. Of course, you can’t / shouldn’t do this physically at the moment but you can do it VIRTUALLY
You don’t have to buy anything, and of course, the bonus of visiting virtually is that you can do it in your jim-jams, and it’s even easier to linger without a purchase, but if you could buy something, even if it is something small (or even better, something significant 😉 ) or make a note of the maker for your next gift purchase, then that will go a long way to helping them stay afloat in these difficult times.
If you love their work, but it’s not the right time to make a purchase, then why not share their site on your social media*.
That’s often as good as a sale for me. And, if you have bought from a small business owner, especially a make, please, please leave them a review, and email / message them direct with any feedback you think might help them improve.
You can usually do this in a number of ways – for example I have a shop on Etsy, one on my fledgling website as well as business Facebook and Google profiles, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram accounts. I use them all differently, some more rarely than other, but each has a different demographic, so honest reviews or shout outs on any are always a joy to receive
I’ve got pals who are doing virtual tours remotely with their friends and loved ones, phoning / messaging / skyping while they ‘wander’ round the exhibits with a cuppa, others using them as art appreciation and history starting points with their kids and some just stopping off for a moment of calm.
*I gave you a list of awesome creatives earlier in this series, but I discovered Helen Birmingham via one of the ScrapHappy contributors this week – kits you could order to be posted to someone who likes something a little different to occupy their time. She’s my suggestion today.
Photo is of a bee happy in a globe artichoke I allowed to go over, specifically for this purpose