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Over the holidays, I tried to shop small businesses.  There was even a special weekend devoted to shopping “small” where individual artisans and shops were open for shoppers to learn and buy and enjoy their creations!  So I thought it would be fun to share my favorite small businesses and what I’ve bought there, and how I love it all so much!  As you use up your Christmas cash or now look for something for yourself, consider these shops!

You’re a Peach – This young woman is new on the business scene, and I’ve ordered jewelry from her – handmade and crafted – so unique.  Boxed so pretty, as well, when it’s mailed.  Love her Instagram page!

Shop Alma – I met this friend at a booth where I bought several pieces, and have continued to see her around at other events.  She is always changing the inventory and has some really cute tops!

The Humming Bird and the Beagle – I’ve known her almost her entire life, and didn’t know she was so artistic!  I framed one of her art pieces and have it in my den, along with earrings and a necklace.  She creates, and it results in beauty!

Mad Dash Mixes – I’ve been following this company for a while, and love their mixes that make weeknight meals delightful.  Seriously, every mix I’ve tried so far has made a super delicious dish!

Small Town Elegance – We visited this store on vacation in Uvalde, Texas, and I loved their clothes and the prices.  It’s a small shop, super sweet owners, and it was on the corner of the quaint downtown.  Follow on Instagram.

Nancy Hallmark Pottery – We met this lady and her artwork at a vendor show at Brentwood Social House in Austin, and fell in love with her one-of-a-kind bowls and mugs.  I seriously want to start collecting bowls! 

ALV Art Studio – This is a young mom of four, and her artwork is so pretty.  We bought a trinket dish and bookmark from her booth at a small business event in Pflugerville, Texas.  The colors are stunning.

Oh the Joy – This Nuskin seller (my daughter) works harder than anyone I know.  She knows her products, she offers sales all the time, and she delivers some of the best skin care – I have many of her products!   You can shop her site on line, or through Facebook.

Redefine Design – The owner of this home décor company used to be my favorite weather person on the news and then she left…and reappeared on Instagram!  She has lot of creative ideas (I recently added wood beads because I saw one of her posts!).  Check out her site!

Bright Box – Not sure they are small any more, but I’m including them here, anyway.  They send curated boxes of cheer to people, ones you can pick or ones they have put together – all at a VERY affordable price.  They’re super CUTE and both recipients I’ve sent one too loved them!

Gem Junkie – This shop has been around, but I’m including it because the prices are so small but the cuteness is so big!  $5 earrings!  I love them all.  Check out the selection!

What are some of your favorite small shops?  Share below so that we can all enjoy!

 

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by Marcy Lytle

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