Why Join Patchwork Alliance?
We're running an Ownership Drive this month, which means that from now through the end of February, we're sweetening the pot for anyone who joins our co-op by throwing in some awesome merch on top of all the regular benefits of Ownership.
What are the regular benefits? Well, I'm so glad you asked!
1. Sustainability & Resilience Through Mutual Aid
Western North Carolina has a long, rich history of cooperative economics*. Prohibition, overproduction, and monopoly businesses gutted the local market in the 1920s, well ahead of the Great Depression, and producers banded together to pool their resources and weather the storms of a difficult era.
We never stopped doing that.
Patchwork Alliance is a descendent in a long tradition of North Carolina co-ops designed to buff up our regional economy. The money we generate together stays here. It goes to local farmers, local delivery drivers, local product-packers and food-handlers and service-providers, and it comes back to you in the form of high-quality goods and services that you made possible by supporting the people who created them.
2. Local is Cheaper for Owners
We run promotions in our storefront for Owners all the time, and Owners also get reduced order minimums and discounted (or waived!) delivery fees. For instance, Owners who spend at least $85 on an order get an extra 3% taken off the top plus free delivery inside city limits (or free pickup outside city limits). For the whole rundown on all the discounts for Owners, check out this page.
3. Sell Your Stuff
Are you a producer yourself? Think broadly about this. Are you a knitter? A photographer? A makeup artist? A painter? Do you make some side money selling firewood, or using your pickup to help people move? As an Owner, you can list your goods and services in our marketplace to reach a broad customer base--even if you're a small-scale or hobbyist producer.
We only ask that you make or do whatever it is yourself. If you're trying to resell your old washing machine or unload a curb couch full of raccoons, stick with Craigslist.