With nearly 4 months of lockdown behind us here in Sydney, and at least another 5 x weeks before my kids head back to real school (all going well), the doorbell at our house has been consistently ringing - and the dog continually barking - with deliveries arriving on the daily.
Between us we have bought tea, skin care, books, active wear, wine, food, ping pong balls, board games, and more online; and have had it all conveniently & safely delivered to our doorstep.
Buying local has never been more important, as our small businesses are really battling; but purchasing from local retailers has also proven to be a much quicker option as far as deliveries go too.
To highlight only 5 x local small businesses that I've bought from this past couple of months is going to be a stretch, as there have been PLENTY more; but here goes:
From Petite Chou, I bought two handmade goodies: a broderie anglaise frill collar and a name bracelet.
Petite Chou is a Sydney based Mother & Daughter biz:
From the Posy Room (Roseville based florist, who does same day deliveries), I've sent numerous flower deliveries to friends on the North Shore, and maybe even a bunch to myself:
From Kip & Co (Melbourne Based colourful textile biz founded by sisters and a friend), I topped up my leisurewear collection and added a colourful enamel fry pan to our kitchen wear:
From Momma Kombucha - a lady start up who sells at many of the Sydney farmers markets - I've been regularly ordering the BEST kombucha I've ever tasted, as well as delicious soups and the most AMAZING Chocolate spread EVER!
This one was tricky, because we all know how difficult it is to buy jeans on a good day, let alone online.
But I managed to find a great pair from Kireina in Melbourne, who I've bought pants from before.
Because I had some of their other pairs of trousers, I was confident in the sizing, and turns out I was happy with the style! These are their Frankie Waterfall jean.
A high waisted, straight but not skinny leg, with a mid denim wash.
As we near the end of lockdown here in Sydney and the retail shops are set to re-open, I for one, will continue to support our small and local businesses.
Their quality, service and speed of delivery can't be beat, and with the "Busiest Christmas Ever" predicted by Australia Post, buying early and local will be key to rounding out this challenging year with ease.