Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Countdown: Shop Local

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It has been wonderful to see the number of individuals that came into our gallery because they wanted to shop local.  One man was excited that he only needed to find gifts from two more people (and he did found them at WOW) and all his other gifts were purchased in Laramie.

To this man and the rest who have stopped in, I would like to thank you for supporting us local artists by purchasing our work rather than the standard decor found at one of those hip chain stores, or the large stores that sell everything, with work created overseas.  This is not a political post but rather a post about how you can continue to shop locally throughout out the year, if you so choose, without putting a dent in your wallet.

Necklaces made by one of our artists.  
Matching earrings also available. 
Artist Made Greeting Cards

WOW has a plethora of unique cards.  These cards consist of photographs, paintings, colored pencil works and more.  No one will receive another card just like the one you will purchase here (there are some sets, so just don't send two cards to the same person and you should still be good).  Currently the majority of the cards are competitively priced.  Some are as low as $2.50 and you can purchase a pack of 20 for $25.

Save Time and Money with WOW!

One of my favorite tips for saving time and money is purchasing several cards at once.  This way when mothers day, or Nana's birthday rolls around you are not in a rush to go to Mall Wart and buy the first, or second card, you see.  This not only saves time, but a line on your to do list when you are already swamped as well.
You get a beautiful print when you
 purchase this statement piece.

Gift Basket

This can be done with birthday and housewarming gifts as well.  I love to create gift baskets on a budget.  My one rule is to always have something handmade or a little bit more expensive and combine it with some items that are more cost efficient.  At WOW you can find all price ranges, but we are also an excellent resource for the handmade gift.

Personal Style

I use this same trick with my wardrobe as well.  I have several staple pieces such as nice jeans and tank tops that I pair with statement pieces such as jackets, jewelry and accessories.  WOW has accessories and jewelry that will make excellent staple pieces.

As you may have noticed... 

Another statement piece
for your Cowboy fan.
There are ways to support local artists and businesses wile still following your budget.  We are not the only small/local business located in Laramie.  Laramie Main Street is a source for great local shops.  Coal Creek Coffee has some excellent loose leaf teas for sale, that will go wonderfully with a hand thrown tea pot and tea cups.  How else can WOW help you with your gift giving?  What are your tricks to giving gifts on a budget?  Let us know below!

These are just a few of the ways that you can support local artists, craftspeople, and artisans through supporting WOW.  If you would like more information about our artists, gift shop or gallery stop by or give us a call.  We are located in suite 271 of the Laramie Plains Civic Center and our phone number is 307.742.6574.  See the links in the right side bar to contact individual artist.

Thanks again! Our artists appreciate your support!

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