Get Engaged

Ways to Participate in Shift Your Shopping

  • Download a poster for your store
  • Ask your Facebook fans use the  Shift Your Shopping image and attend the SYS event
  • Download the Shift Your Shopping logos (see right column) to use in your ads, promotions, Facebook page, etc., during the holidays
  • Ask Twitter followers to post their independent shopping experiences
  • Link to this site from your business site and mention it in your newsletter

Finding or Starting a “Buy Local & Independent” Group in Your Community

AMIBA – American Independent Business Alliance

AMIBA - American Independent Business AllianceAbout » | See local Alliances» | Facebook » | Twitter »

BALLE – Business Alliance of Local Living Economies

BALLE - Business Alliance for Local Living EconomiesAbout » | See a local networks » | Facebook » | Twitter »

Reading Locally

IndieBound – Shop Independent Booksellers online

Indie BoundFind and buy books and e-books online from your local independent booksellers. A resource from the American Booksellers Association.

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Banking Locally

Support Community Banks and Credit Unions

Learn why and how to easily move your money from big banks to community banks and credit unions.

Local Holiday Campaign Ideas – Pick and Choose

The Shift Your Shopping collaborative is about bringing together ideas from across North America so that local communities can pick and customize the ones that suit them. Consider participating in any of the following proven campaigns:

Plaid Friday – November 25

Plaid FridayBackground, press, ideas, and downloadable files to participate in Plaid Friday: the creative, diverse, and joyful independent alternative to big box Black Friday.

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America Unchained! & Canada Unchained!

America Unchained

Unchained! is a free toolbox of graphics, activities and templates provided by AMIBA to help you spread awareness that we collectively determine the future of our communities and economy through action as citizens as well as consumers. Get a free campaign guide, downloadable graphics, ad templates , banners, local proclamations and more!

Originally designed as a holiday campaign, you may use the material whenever you choose. See the Unchained! overview or go pages with graphics designed for the U.S. or Canada.

Buy Local Week

Buy Local WeekStarted by BALLE, Buy Local week is a reminder that we should all take a moment to think first about whether we can buy those gifts at local, independent businesses before heading to the malls and big box stores. Support these critical economic and community institutions first!

Get event ideas, downloadable files and more here.

Sample Local Holiday Advertisements, Events, and Other Ideas

Sample Ads

  • Asheville, NC
  • Oakland, CA
  • Somerville, MA
  • Portland, ME
  • Slideshow from the Institute for Local Self Reliance

Show us yours! Email a description and link or image file to:

Sample Events

  • Ashville, NC
  • Oakland, CA
  • Holiday Buy Night – Community Shopping Mallternative
  • Somerville, MA
  • Portland, ME

Tell us about your events! Email a description and link to:

Sample Activities

  • Oakland, CA
  • Gift guide
  • Concierge
  • Pledge / Holiday Challenge

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