Frequently asked questions
Where are your products made?
If an item in our shop isn't made by a local, then it is still American manufactured. All of it. No exceptions. Want to know what state a specific item is made in? Just ask, we can tell you city and state of origin for every item in the shop!
Do you ship?
Yes! If it isn't listed here on our website yet, just ask and we'll see what we can do for you.
Can I take pictures in your store?
Hmmm... That requires a two-part answer!
1. Are you taking the picture because you want to see if someone would like the item before you buy it for them or to get their opinion? Then, YES! Snap away.
2. Are you taking the picture because you like the item, but you want to make it yourself? Then, ABSOLUTELY NOT. This is blatant stealing from the maker or artist. If you want to make your own version of something in our shop that inspires you then the least you should do is buy the item and take it home as inspiration.
Are dogs welcome at Gifted?
Only if I can pet them. ;-) But seriously, YES. Dogs on a leash or being carried are more than welcome. If you visit on the right day, you might get to meet our shop dogs, Walter and Mabel.
Can I have a discount?
Yes! We offer a 10% discount on in store purchases to active military, military veterans and teachers.
Can I sell my stuff at Gifted?
We are always on the lookout for new makers and artists to showcase at Gifted. If you are interested in selling your quality handmade items in our store, please send photos or links to any online galleries along with line sheet to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call, email or drop in to request an appointment to show us samples of your work in person. We prefer to buy wholesale from makers. Occasionally we will carry items on commission (60/40 maker/Gifted). In the interest of providing excellent customer service, walk-ins to show product without an appointment are discouraged.
How long has Gifted been open?
Gifted opened on July1st, 2011
Do you take special orders?
Absolutely. Let us know what you need and we'll see what we can do for you!
Do you offer classes?
Not at this time.
Why should I buy local and American made? Amazon and big box stores are so much easier.
Look, we get it. How did we get by before two-day shipping and gallon jugs of ranch dressing?!?! We aren't asking you to pick a side... we're just asking to help with part of your shopping list. We often can't compete with big box store prices but we can literally show you a picture of the person that made that apron (on the wall by our front door) or tell you exactly where Green Toys are made (108 miles away in San Leandro, CA).
Here are a few specific reasons from independentwestand.org about why shopping local and American made is important...
Here’s what happens when you “shop local.”
1. More of your money will be kept in your local economy
For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.*
2. You embrace what makes your community unique
You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?
3. You create local jobs
Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for your neighbors. When you shop locally, you help create jobs for teachers, firemen, police officers, and many other essential professions.
4. You help the environment
Buying from a locally owned business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging.
5. You nurture community
Local business owners know you, and you know them. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.
6. You conserve your tax dollars
Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify your community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong— in your community!
7. You create more choice
Locally owned businesses pick the items and products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own individual markets.
8. You took advantage of their expertise
You are their friends and neighbors, and locally owned businesses have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. They’re passionate about what they do. Why not take advantage of it?
9. You invested in entrepreneurship
Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.
10. You made your community a destination
The more interesting and unique you community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!
*Source: Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics.
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