As a matter of fact, I haven't been there for the last 7 months, and here are some things you might also want to consider before you set foot in there again.

  •  TOO MANY PEOPLE: I used to be exhausted after a trip there. Could not really figure out why my stamina was so low whenever I shopped there, especially when I had enough stamina to work on my little farm all day. I realized it had to do with energy, the vibrational/frequency kind, and this is not meant in a snobbish or derogatory way . . . we all evolve at our own pace. But think about why you or anyone else shops there? Mostly it's for the price . . . the lower the better. I rarely see anyone checking the labels for ingredients or source country . . . it's really upsetting for me to see dog owners not do this and settle for cheap junk to give their loyal pets. You would be hard-pressed to find something "made in USA", and if it's at Walmart, there's a lot of wiggle room; e.g. it can be "put together" in the USA with raw materials imported from China. The Amazon equivalent for Chinese products is Alibaba . . . check out the site and see how many products are carried at Walmart (or Dollar stores). You'll recognize a lot. It seems some of the rudest and most crass people gather at Walmart . . . too draining for me, which leads me to the second point.
  • SAFETY: Walmart also seems to be the gathering place for anti-maskers, and little regard for social distancing. The more you go out to places like this, the more you put your health at risk

So I have been gradually drifting to safer and saner solutions to get supplies.

The little grocery store in my town carries what I need in terms of food. Everything else I have delivered. I am even moving away from Amazon. They used to deliver in 3 days, but have now used Covid as an excuse to take as long as 7 days to deliver. Also, they use a lot of sellers from Alibaba/Aliexpress. You would be amazed how many manufacturers there are in China . . . AND THEY ALL MAKE THE SAME PRODUCTS!! The whole "seed thing" from China kind of soured me on using any manufacturer from there, and they mislabel their products. I once ordered a blanket that they advertised as 100% cotton . . . label said "polyester." Apparently it's the same thing to them.

I originally started our online store, "The Puppy Potpourri", to list products from my personal collection to sell as a fundraiser for our nonprofit  . . . the kind of things you would find in vintage stores or estate sales . . . mostly because I did not have the time to sit and wait for customers at a bona fide "garage sale." But then I started experimenting with dropshipping. In the retail business, it's all about the quality of distributors, and I can share more info on that in another post.

To make a long story short, I am adding items to the store that I would normally shop for at Walmart (or Amazon) and the profit goes to the care of our dogs instead of a big name corporation.

Here are my priorities for the products we list and the companies we work with:

  1.  Made in USA products: especially dog treats, toys, and health/cosmetics (for dog or human) Ingredients have to be listed and sources guaranteed to be USA.
  2. Small companies who practice social and environmental responsibility. Preference is given to women, minority, LGBT owned . . . you know, the ones who are working so hard to not be "erased." Also companies who work with indigenous and/or marginalized peoples in other countries.
  3. Shipping time: how prompt are they in processing the order and sending it out. Most of the products I tested were in my hands within a week.

This is my new "normal". We don't want to get rich from this. We just want to be able to survive and stay healthy, while earning enough of a profit to help with our dog food fund.

The dogs and I invite you to visit the different collections in our store and see if there is something you could buy from us instead of Walmart or Amazon, or any of the other big corporations.

All the money goes to the dogs!