In our family, handmade presents were treasured. I don’t know if this was a mom thing, or because my parents lived through the depression, but I do know that my mom saw something more.
In my early 20‘s, I was of little means and still relied on making gifts. One year I designed note cards. A dozen to a box and made at least six sets. Before the holidays, making presents was how I spent my free time.
On Wednesday, I checked out a new shop in town that is part boutique, part art gallery. Chance on Main’s hours are from 11-5, Thursday through Saturday, and by chance. I wasn’t expecting the store to be open and was amused that this store lives up to it’s name and in more ways than one. Though the merchandise is more sophisticated than the gifts I made, this reminded me of what gift giving had once been, unique and purposeful.
Chance on Main is a shop where you will find green, handmade, recycled & re-purposed items. These are fair trade, USA or locally made. Some items are one of a kind or from small runs. However, what resonated the loudest with me is the mission of the shop; to give individuals who are not on a traditional employment path a chance to share their talents, thus the name.
Instead of shopping where you will find the same old same, stop in Chance on Main. By taking part, you are making a difference in an individuals life and not at another chain store.
If you are an artist or know of one that wants to showcase their wares, maybe this is the opportunity you’ve been looking for? Go ahead, take a chance and be part of something big! Being a lifelong resident of the town, my Mom would approve.