Small Business Saturday: Shop Small

It’s that time of year again when we get bombarded by Black Friday deals from the biggest retailers. It’s become so crazy and competitive that stores have decided to start Black Friday on Thanksgiving, making the holiday more about sales and deals than family and friends. Those $5 sweaters that you score may seem great now, but will most likely be in the donation pile next year. Why not give gifts that last and people will treasure? Why not shop small this year and keep your money in your neighborhood? By buying just a few gifts from small businesses this holiday season, you’ll be making a huge difference. You may not find sales like at the big department stores, but you will find one-of-a-kind treasures that will wow.

What are your favorite small businesses you’ll be supporting this year?

Here are a few favorite small businesses around the country that feature amazing gifts:

Finders Keepers ~ Spokane, WA {Find exquisite, one-of-a-kind accessories and vintage and contemporary gowns. Think of it as a giant, well merchandised estate sale where you’re sure to find something you’ll love.

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Swank Boutique ~ Columbia, MO {Located in the heart of Missouri, this little boutique has a lot to offer. With an impressive list of trendy brands, including 7 For All Mankind, Free People, Hanky Panky, Jeffery Campbell, Melvin Jewelry, and Willow & Clay, to name a few, you’re sure to find something for a few people on your list.

swank boutique

Paper Place ~ Austin, TX {With products from the US and Europe, they have all the supplies for your paper needs. Stationary, wedding invitations, Holiday cards, beautiful paper for any occasion! They also have great gifts, like picture frames, albums, desk accessories and a variety of pens and pencils.

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Watson Kennedy ~ Seattle, WA {This is by far my favorite boutique I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. Nestled in the heart of the Pike Place Market area of Seattle is a quaint store filled with the most interesting and inspiring interior decor. From books on etiquette and manners to wood signs to vintage watch faces (what?!) to old scrabble letters to beautiful serving trays, there is no doubt you’ll find a few unique gifts for several people on your list, including yourself!

watson kennedy

Bubbles Boutique ~ San Diego, CA {Their tag-line “Eclectic Fashion for Every Mood” says it best. They have the most unique gifts, clothing and jewelry to satisfy any shopper. I love this boutique because they feature local artists’ accessory and jewelry designs. Truly unique shopping experience.

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Market Earth ~ Fort Myers, FL {A small boutique that has a huge impact on not just downtown Fort Myers, but the world. Everything they sell has a remarkable story. Local artists’ designs, recycled gifts, and fair trade products are all featured in this quaint boutique. If you want to give a gift that gives back in a huge way, this is the place to shop!

market earth

Bobbles & Lace ~ Boston, MA {Now with five locations sprinkled throughout New England, this high fashion boutique offers trendy clothing without the high price tag. A niece and aunt dynamic duo are in the business of finding beautiful pieces and creating an enjoyable shopping experience. Each piece is hand picked, so you’re sure to find a one-of-a-kind gift!

bobbles and lace

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