BUYING LOCAL AND SOURCING 2ND HAND
Coming to the end of the first run of STAB IN THE DARK so I'm reflecting. This is the first show I’ve produced and before I started I made a conscious decision to buy local and source 2nd hand where ever possible. [Big up the environment] I’ve been through all my receipts and collated some data using my mad GCSE ITC skills, as I wanted to see how I’d actually done. It felt like I hadn’t spent much time in large high street chains but when I put the damn stats into the pie chart machine …
If I look at this perfectly formed pie chart I can deduce that only a third of what I bought was 2nd Hand, and a third was actually from high street chains. Raging. Looking over the receipts I think that was mainly due to building supplies – next time I think I’ll head over to an independent wood yard. Although I can proudly say that ALL the costumes came from charity shops, except for one skirt I bought 2nd hand from eBay and four sweat tops that I bought from M&S. Two were in the sale so it only cost £12.78. I think Primark tees are £2.50 so I actually only spent £2.78 more for a better, sustainable option. Pretty neat. And I didn’t buy one thing from Amazon.
I also spent a mad amount of time changing the location option on eBay to within 15 miles. Some purchases I made a conscious decision to get from further away because they were essentially a lot cheaper. But if two items were only a little difference in price I chose the one within the 15 miles. And I always chose the second hand option over the new. Everything I bought on eBay said it was from the UK – although I’m pretty sure a torch I bought was from China even though it said London. 😒 Despite that, I’m pretty pleased with how this pie chart looks….
And even though 32% of the total spend was on items further that 15 miles away it was actually only 12 things. I plotted them on a map cos I'm a nerd. Not too many extra miles...
The info above relates to physical purchases which obvs only accounts for a portion of what I actually spent. So I looked into my marketing budget. I got the posters printed locally rather than by a cheaper online website – although saying that it was basically the same price and they told me all their paper is from renewable sources. 💪 The rest you can see below. It should read that most of your marketing was spent locally right? Cos that's the market you're aiming to reach..?
Things I want to look into/improve for next time:
- Alternative to Sellotape and Gaffer Tape - is masking tape recyclable?
- Alternative to Cable Ties
- Only buy paint from metal containers... is that possible?
- Shop in more independant stores obvs