I'm trying as much as possible to buy closer and closer to home, but of course many of the products I need/want aren't available in my actual town--so I end up ordering them on the internet. I'd like, however, to be able to at least order from people in a relatively local (say, 300 mile) radius. Would it be possible to have a directory of WAHMs (and other vendors) in this tribe for that purpose, or would that be inappropriate?
Lest I get anyone's hopes up, I should probably state for the record that I don't buy much stuff period (not that I don't want to. . . )
I live in Knoxville. But the 300-mile thing was just by way of description. Anything in the states mentioned in this tribe would be closer than the places I usually end up ordering from (Minnesota, Colorado, California, etc.).
It occurs to me that I could just invite any of you who WAH (
) to pm me--but this way others could also have access to the information, which would be a plus since my internet shopping expenditures probably wouldn't cover the time it would take to post to this thread.
The only problem with buying from someone in state is you have to pay tax. But I still buy from her because I like to support local business when I can. One of these days I'm going to go to her house and and go on a shopping spree.
I wonder if anyone would be interested in having a database where you could search by zip/postal code. Anyone that wanted to be in the directory could enter and maintain their own information within the database... just basic stuff like name, address, web address, and maybe a list of the types of things they sell.
Thanks, kelly--I'll check that link out. Minicooper, have you seen sites like localharvest.org? They have zip code searches and clickable maps for CSAs and local farmers. I have no idea what it takes to set something like that up, but it's pretty durn nifty.
There is a current list already around... http://www.apbiz.com/apbizdirectory.html only issue is you can't search by zip code... I've emailed them to see if that would be a possiblity but I haven't heard back yet... will keep you posted.
I'm loving all these links. Thanks so much, everyone.
In a completely different context, I came across this website: http://www.yokel.com/. It allows you to search for local products. I noticed an "Add A Store" link at the bottom of the page for those of you who might benefit from it.