Really people? I have to read the FAQ for you?
We've got no place to shop. If you really took a look at the 3/50 concept, you would see that the point is to avoid the big box stores where possible and throw a little money to the independents. I took the idea a step further, perhaps, to suggest that these small stores should be local. When the dude and I sat down to think about where our money went, our thoughts really turned to places within walking distance, but that's just us. My LNS is 40 minutes away. (You'll notice that I did talk about the bead shop, not the needlework store.)
We have a place, but I don't like the stock or the people who work there. Frankly, my blog isn't the place to write about this. A letter to the shop owner is. If you'd like help, I'd be happy to look over what you write. I would let the owner know how much you used to spend there and how much you spend on the internet. I'd also take into consideration the story of one shop owner who wrote her initial business plan based on her own spending, only to find out that people spend way more than she did--like 10 times as much! (Good problem to have.) When I met the woman who spent $900 at camp (and several hundred more per month) I thought I had seen the pinnacle of stitchy spending. Then last year I sat at a table with a woman who spent over $2000 in the store and then had a three page bill when we went to check out on the last day. And she went to camps every month!
More importantly, the 3/50 project says that you should look around at the independents and see which ones you want to survive the economic downturn. It sounds to me like you don't care if they do. So you're fine not spending there. Find three different stores (or restaurants) you would be sad to see go.
I have to get some stuff from the box stores. Here's what the 3/50 FAQ has to say about that. Jennifer wrote about this recently too.
Why should I feel guilty about shopping online? You shouldn't. Unless you like the look of a shuttered downtown.
"I want to try the little shop's camp too" DD, you are going to have to take that up with bestpal. You know how she hates change.