Mothercare has gone in our town, soon to be followed by the early learning centre as well as a few other shops apparently. I think the first sign that our town was being hit by the state of the economy, like so many others was when our M&S closed down a couple of years ago, which had been in our town for generations. Soon we are going to be just a town of pubs, bookies, pawn and charity shops. It is already very close.
I do not usually spend much time in town at the moment mainly because I have no money but yesterday was different as my youngest needs slippers.
I started in the usual place of BHS, It turns out he should have put his foot through them last week as that was the last time we saw them in the shops they have now made way for the summer season. This was of course the same story in the other shops I tried to look in; going down my ‘ethical shop order list’ I have in my head. It was then I noticed more shops had gone, or were closing. Who would have thought looking for a pair of slippers would be such a problematic task. My son doesn’t like football, isn’t into racing cars, or the Simpsons or SpongeBob all I want is a nice pair of slippers that will last him a while without tripping him up when he runs up and down the stairs. If he was ok with the more ‘girly’ style of slippers he would have lots to choose from.
I came home from town very deflated and sad at the thought I may have to buy them off the internet. *insert crying hippie* I am a big supporter of the high street. Yes buying online costs less, you have far more choice however it doesn’t do a thing for your local economy or job market and we all know how important those things are.
The high street to be able to survive is going to have to have a huge overhaul but where is the money going to come from? As a business owner I know the huge benefits of not having the over heads of an actual shop, but the knock on effect of this is that people are now expecting unrealistic prices. I often get told “I’m not paying that when I can get one from a shop for half the price” Society in general doesn’t seem to get that one of the reasons why the economy is in this state is because of the loss of value. But this isn’t going to be a hippie economic rant.
My problem is where I get the things I need and want in the most ethical way, my main problem being school wear, and underwear, as odd as they sound but I can make the other clothing or buy them from charity or local businesses. I feel I need to research this whole thing more.