One of the key advantages of boutique shopping is that it gives you the opportunity to find unique and original pieces that you or anyone else for that matter wouldn’t find if they were simply walking the High Street. This means that when you attend that all-important party or function you know that no one else will be wearing the same dress or accessories that you have. We all know as women how important this is! All this is great but what other benefits are there when it comes to shopping in boutique stores as opposed to your regular High Street stores?
What is a boutique store?
Essentially, a boutique shop is a small independent store that concentrates of selling unique items of stylish clothing, accessories or other types of luxury goods. They tend to be very focused in what they offer – in total contrast to a department store for example. Often you will find that there is only one of each item available which on the face of it may sound quite restrictive but in actual fact, as they will stock many unique items it gives the consumer more choice.
They are usually founded because the business owner has a particular passion or interest in certain items. The owners tend not to be money orientated but more focused on their dream. This means that when you shop in them you are not only helping to support small businesses but also keep someone’s dream alive!
Are there benefits for the community?
We may be a little biased but we would say definitely! When you shop in these types of store you will find something unique, something that may have been made by someone in that local community. This means that you are not only helping the store owner but also the individual who created that particular dress or item of jewellery.
Independent shops have far more character than the major department stores. They can breathe life and vibrancy into an area that may otherwise have been slowly slipping into becoming the same as any other street anywhere in Australia. One thing is also certain, when you shop in a smaller store it is the owner who benefits and they will appreciate your sale far more than one of the main retailers. As a result, you are likely to get better service and maybe even a discount! Finally, another benefit for the community it that they will be run ethically – nothing is massed produced and no corners will be cut.
What’s special about boutique shopping?
As we keep mentioning, all the items are unique and of the highest quality. When you buy an item from a small shop you will have people stopping you in the street passing compliments and asking you where you bought it from. Customer service with smaller retailers will be paramount. They rely on your business to, well, stay in business so you know that you are important to them. They are likely to have an in depth knowledge of the products that they sell – something that your average shop assistant just wouldn’t have.