shopping

the faith of small things

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shop with your heart
shop with your heart

On the back of Thriftober, comes Shop Small “the largest ever nationwide campaign to breathe new life into the small business sector. Running throughout November, the Shop Small movement is asking Australians to shop at small businesses in the lead-up to Christmas…

…Shop Small comes to Australia for the first time this year after campaigns in the United States and Great Britain were credited with stimulating consumer spending with small retailers and service providers. It brings together support from the business community, governments and consumers and encourages people all over Australia to support small businesses in local communities.”

Lacking the requisite credit card to participate and unconvinced of the altruism I’m not spruikingĀ theĀ Amex aspect of Shop Small, ratherĀ continuingĀ to support local producers and businesses as I have done, sans the Shop Small label,Ā Christmases past andĀ increasingly this year via farmers markets. Read the rest of this entry »

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Old & new in Newtown III – the abbey

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Life is pretty dull quiet at Chez EllaDee & the G.O. but luckily what we lack the neighbourhood provides, just a short walk away.

King Street, NewtownĀ (Inner West,Ā Sydney)Ā 2 blocks from our apartmentĀ offers all varieties of cafes and restaurants, shops, markets, stalls and businesses for browsing, or actual business.

On Sunday we had business to attend to. Our first item was brunch because the sun was well over the yard arm. We tried a cafe new to us,Ā Funky MonkeyĀ andĀ gave it a we’ll be back thumbs up for a simple delicious brunch ofĀ fresh juice – orange, apple, pineapple, watermelon, carrot & celery; vege breakfastĀ of baked beans, hashbrown, fantastic hotplate mushies, fresh lightly fried eggs and just the right size piece of turkish toast with spread; and bacon, egg & bbq sauce on the softest bread roll with sesame seeds & a hashbrown made a happy G.O. šŸ™‚

Our other items of business were birthday gifts for a 5 year old boy and a 10 year old girl.

For the 5 year old we had success atĀ Flying Penguin with an Edtoys Transformobile Bulldozer and Forklift, and a magic kaleidoscopeĀ forĀ his olderĀ brother.

From Eastern Flair, a rose quartz orb with a pewter butterfly base for the crystal loving 10 year old.

On the way home weĀ crossed Goddard St, and noticed The Abbey (accommodating backpackers, not nuns and monks unless they are also backpackers) wall wearing new street art by Bafcat and Ears.Ā  In January 2012 when blogging was new to me, I snapped a couple of pics of the The Abbey’s street art gallery, and mustn’t have been excited by it as I didn’t post the pics, or maybe I was busy…

The first 2 pics are from 2012 and the rest from last Sunday.

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