"If everyone who'd complimented our beautiful gallery had bought 'just a card' we'd still be open"
This is the quote that started the Just a Card campaign. This movement aims to highlight how if everyone who admired or complimented handmade arts and crafts bought even something small, like a card, then these galleries, shops and businesses would be more likely to stay open and succeed. You don't have to buy a big ticket item to show you care about supporting handmade businesses.
Everything at Canalside Creations is handmade by just the two of us, so every little purchase, no matter how small, contributes directly to Canalside Creations being able to continue.
We also want to encourage everyone to take advantage of the many beautiful and unique handmade products available on your local high street. Most places have somewhere that showcases local talent, such as The Hub in Retford, or Carlton House in Worksop. These places rely on people understanding the value of handmade goods, and keeping such establishments going is often a labour of love. The world needs more people who are passionate about what they do!
And while the campaign is called Just a Card, it doesn't have to be a card. It could be a notepad, or an enamel pin, or a coat peg!
There are lots of things you can do to support the Just a Card campaign. These steps are taken from their website:
SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN - SUPPORT ALL CREATIVE BUSINESSES:
1. Adding our logo to your blogs, websites etc.
2. Follow @justacard1 on Twitter and Instragram Retweet & spread the word.
3. Download posters and postcards from our website and put them up in your event or shop.
4. Get involved with Just a Card Day: 28 September 2018.
And finally - by all means compliment people, it makes the world a far sunnier place, but if you can, PLEASE, buy just a card!
For more up to date information on the campaign, please follow the Just a Card blog.