How to Shop Local in a Real City

Buy better. Buy local. Buy to dignify work.

It’s near impossible of course to do everything this way. Either way, buying new and local requires an investment of finances that not everyone can afford, and buying secondhand often requires an investment of time that not everyone has on hand. But you can think local anywhere you’re, well, local. You might wind up making a home you love and loving the home you’ve made.

We decided to take our own advice, the Common Good team in Louisville, Kentucky, that is. We rounded up a few items from some of our favorite sellers — items from long-standing Louisville staples like Plehn’s Bakery and Louisville Stoneware, from the Christian Book Nook, a brick-and-mortar haven for affordable books new and used, and others. You know the places. You’ve got them, too. Here are a few ways to think local in and around Louisville (or wherever you are).

01. Anchal Project ( Large quilt throw ($384) Coasters (set of four, $28) Graph napkin set ($32)

02. St. Matthews Feed and Seed ( Plant ($8)

03. Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market ( Brass pot

04. Joel Petron Woodworking ( Low stool, premium walnut ($497)

05. Misc. Goods Co. ( Soy candle ($34)

06. FreakinInkin: Custom Watercolor and Ink Portraits by Ann Lundy Brown ( Framed wall art ($25)

A grid of photos depicting various products available in Louisville, KY

07. Quills Coffee ( Inkwell Signature Blend, 12 oz. whole bean ($15)

08. Blue Dog Bakery ( Pastries ($4-$6)

09. Plehn’s Bakery ( Cookies ($12)

10. Christian Book Nook ( Every Moment Holy Volume 3: The Work of the People by Douglas Kaine McKelvey Being Elisabeth Elliot: The Authorized Biography by Ellen Vaughn ESV Illuminated Bible

11. Louisville Stoneware Co. ( Louisville Pottery Collection mug ($30) Louisville Pottery Collection 14” Round Platter ($72)

12. Oh My Darland Reclaimed Woods by Jerry Darland ( Reclaimed wood serving board ($35)

13. Thrifted Wool table runner


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