Local artists sell items at special market in Nashville on Small Business Saturday
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The holiday shopping season is officially underway, and according to the National Retail Federation, 76-percent of the 71 million consumers planning to shop today nationwide will do so at small businesses.
A special market in Nashville took Small Business Saturday to a whole new level, showcasing entrepreneurs that don't have a brick and mortar location.
There were no long lines, door buster deals, or fancy brand names at Nashville's Red Caboose Park, just middle Tennesseans selling middle Tennessee products.
We've got everything out here, from jewelry, to photography, to bath products, to wood products, baked goods we've got everything you can possibly think of,” says jeweler Chandler Cartozzo.
Cartozzo was one of 70 local artists who set up shop for customers looking for that something special, like Lisa Cummings and Jennifer Bergen.
"I think it's so important because I don’t want us to end up with Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Targets, I want the small business man to make a living and thrive,” says Cummings.
“I would much rather shop something small and local where stuff is handmade by local vendors, and you can touch it, and feel it, and see it,” adds Bergen.
These hardworking entrepreneurs take pride is offering items you can't find anywhere else. They’re all members of Handmade Nashville, a group of 1,000 local artists throughout the Metro area.
Cartozzo says it's heartwarming to see so many people interested in keeping their money in the community, as opposed to spending it at a big box store.
“I have an 11-week-old son and you're helping my family when you buy my jewelry," says Cartozzo.
According to the National Retail Federation, small businesses account for the majority of retailers in the U.S., with more than 98 percent of stores employing fewer than 50 people.