I'm putting down 100% tack store, though every so often I do buy items online. My good friend and barn-mate works at a tack store, so by shopping there I help support her job and a local small business.
However, ironically, I rarely make it into the actual brick-and-mortar store. They take phone orders and have my credit card on file, which is dangerous but handy. My friend graciously brings my purchases out to the barn for me, which saves me a 45 minute drive (each way! "local" is relative). Best part: she also picks out everything for me - it's like having a personal shopper!
|From Calabasas Saddlery's FB page|
The items I do buy online are specialty products, such as the Viva Carlos Sweet Lemon Higher Standards leather soap, or Keratex products which the local store doesn't carry.
In terms of cost savings, generally speaking its a few bucks more to buy something at this tack store rather than online, even with shipping costs factored in. But the tack store has regular sales, an excellent consignment area, and of course I want this store to stay in business and so I support it with my purchases. We don't have any big-box tack stores in my area (such as a Dover, etc), so pretty much all tack stores are local, small businesses.
But let's not forget about bridles! Last month I was curious about everyone's bridle collections, and whether people have bridles reserved for shows only. Here are the results:
It is likely that the poll results were somewhat skewed by people with multiple horses - I probably should have asked for for bridles-per-horse or something. Plus I did specify "own" instead of "use" which skewed the numbers as well as it turns out lots of people use one bridle but own several.
Turns out the overwhelming majority do NOT have bridles reserved for shows only! Frankly I was surprised by this, but also comforted since I do not own a separate show bridle.
Thank you very much to everyone who voted on the last one, and to those voting on the current poll!