It's Small Business Saturday - Support Your Local Entrepreneurs (Including the Glass Artists!)
Posted on November 30 2019
I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and a peaceful Buy Nothing Day yesterday. (See previous post!)
Today is the day designated for Small Businesses, but we always suggest supporting your local shops and their owners. When you buy from someone local, the money supports people right there in your community, and they spend their money locally as well. As former Main Street store owners, we really appreciate Small Business Saturday. We know how hard it can be for small stores to get customer attention during this busy shopping weekend!
Now, here's something you won't hear from other glass straw vendors: if you want to buy a couple of glass straws, we encourage you to find your local glass artist.
We're serious. There's probably one at a local market or fair, and if not, you might find one near you on Etsy or even have a local shop that sells glass straws made in your community.
Why should we tell you to get your glass straws from anyone besides us?
Well, we honor the art and science of making glass straws, and recognize the importance of supporting local artists.
Will the glass straws that are handmade by local artists cost more than ours?
Yes. They're handmade, after all, and created individually, whereas ours our made in large quantities.
Will the glass straws made by a local glass artist look different than ours?
Not much, unless they come in different diameters (we don't do boba straws, for example) or lengths, or have decorative elements, such as a turtle or ladybug added to the top edge, or an etched logo or name. Because we sell in bulk (minimum of 25 straws), we keep things simple. Our straws are not embellished, although we do offer etching of a logo or name for large custom orders.
Will the glass straws handmade by a local artist be of better quality than ours?
Honestly, they'll be about the same, since all glass straws are made of borosilicate. We use laboratory-grade borosilicate, which is durable, dishwasher-safe, flavor-free, non-toxic, and dentist-recommended. But that's true of most glass straws.
Here's the way we see it: the more glass straws that are out there being used by people daily, the better it is for the planet.
So, we praise (and even promote) those engaged in glass artistry all across the United States and around the world.
If you're looking for a beautiful glass straw for a loved one this holiday, go find your local glass straw artist, and show them some love. :-)
(If you want to buy glass straws in bulk, you know where to find us.)