How To Shop Small This Holiday

I know its a catchy phrase but what does “shop small” really mean!?!  While it is most certainly that cute little top from the boutique on the corner, its also Esty purchases and ordering fingernail stickers from a friend on Facebook or picking up the cutest crafty household decoration from a street fair!  Take advantage of every possibility my friends!  Shopping small not only promotes growth in your downtown and community it puts much needed cash in the pocket of your friends with a side-hustle for the holidays!!

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Here are a few of my favorite things to purchase “Small”:

  1.  Art & Home Decor – this one may be a bit obvious!  I love funky art and especially re-purposed items!  I pride myself in decorating my home with unique finds that have a story! 

  2. Scarves & Jewelry – almost every single lady on your Christmas list would enjoy receiving a scarf or unique piece of jewelry from a boutique. My mom always finds the best jewelry pieces for me!  The possibilities are endless! 

  3.  Handmade Products –  I am a sucker for almost anything handmade.  The thought that someone put something together with their own hands thrills me!  My dear Husband makes handmade wood crafts from whiskey barrels!  They make fabulous unique gifts, check him out on Etsy at BackyardSpiritsWood (Backyard Spirits Wood Products)!!
  4. Essential Oils – Yep, I hopped on that fragrant DoTerra bandwagon a long time ago!  I order most everything I need from my sister-in-law’s sister-in-law!

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  5. Boutique Clothing – I am not a huge clothes shopper, give me a thrift store or antique shop any day!  But I do love a cute little boutique where I can have a conversation with the owner and try on the products they have so carefully picked out for their shop to my heart’s content!

What are you favorite “Shop Small” items???

It’s Festival Time Ya’ll

Here in the South, we love a good spring/summer festival especially if it involves local music and craft beer and wine!  We had the privilege last Friday night to enjoy our little town’s local festival, Field Fest 2018 – the first of 4 installments – and it did not disappoint!  Yes, it rained almost the entire time but that’s just how it goes sometimes…you are best to pull up your rain boots and have fun anyway!

 

We love this time of year…gatherings of people, having fun, shopping, enjoying local music and consuming craft beer or homemade wines!  Husband and I decided last night while musing by one of our first bonfires of the spring/summer in the backyard that we want to attend more festivals this summer!  Field Fest was a great way to get started!  There are also at least 3 festivals I’d wanted to attend last Saturday, the first Saturday in May; but of course we were in the gym all day at a basketball tournament…gotta love being a sports parent!  Go Fury!

A few of our favorite local festivals and music events…Field Fest in Bluefield, Virginia the first Thursday of June, July and August; The Budbreak Festival in Mt. Airy, North Carolina (see my post last year about “boy bracelets” we had an amazing time at this one last year), The Spring Fling at Shelton Vinyards Winery in Dobson, North Carolina. (Delicious wines and a beautiful property paired with tons of local crafters and music…what could be better?), Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia (a dirty trail hiker homecoming) and the Highlands Festival in Abingdon, Virginia. (This one has made some changes in the last five years or so but it is still a really nice week-long event featuring crafts, demonstrations, antiques and an opportunity to see a play at the outstanding Barter Theater or Stage II.)

What are your favorite festival?  We are up for suggestions and new adventures!