Shop Small Nov. 28

530954_507942075890387_1714173950_nNext Saturday (Nov 28, 2015) is Small Business Saturday! Shopping “small” means you are supporting local businesses, home businesses, small online businesses by purchasing from their stores (online or in person) for the holiday season.

It also means you are supporting entrepreneurs, moms, dads, students, kids, the American Dream so that they can… pay of debt, pay for college, pay for school, pay bills, build up savings for emergencies, give generously to their own communities and causes, care for their children or aging parents from home while they work, support employees, pay medical bills, fund adoptions, fund mission trips and so many other things that drive a small business owner. Some of the links below are also serving others through the proceeds via a nonprofit.

Look for local art and food markets in your area. Farmer’s Markets are also great places to shop small for gifts and food for holiday gatherings.

Here are a few of my favorites available online…

Designer Dog Creations – a family friend, Katie, is a wonderful artist and is now making beautiful food and water bowl stands for your furry family members.

Pancakes via “My Friend Who Loves to Cook” – the best pancakes I ever did eat… and healthy too.

RachelBee Designs – beautiful note cards and lettering

Leslee Mitchell – her gorgeous photography on prints, mugs, bags, and more and NEW this winter, her line of beautiful floral antlers: Red Teepee

Thistle Farms – bath and body goodies created by women who are recovering and thriving

LibbyDoodle – another amazing artist with beautiful note cards and lettering

Batch Nashville – sending batches Nashville products as well as Memphis, Austin, Charleston and other cities

Shop Miss Hen – beautiful bracelets created by hand, stack them up for a unique combination

Strings for Hope – jewelry from recycled guitar strings, bringing hope to so many

Independent AdvoCare Distributor – helping friends create a healthy lifestyle… more energy, wellness, skin care, on the go healthy snacks/drinks and more

Disney on a Dollar – My friend David will help you find the Disney experience that fits your budget. Holiday Disney trip or surprise, anyone?

The Simplicity Project and Planners – Corie Clark has created an insightful book that provides helpful tips to simplify your house and life along with some beautiful planners

The Nashville Jam Company – excellent flavors!

Also, reach out to your friends who distribute the following via direct sales… they are small businesses supporting their families too and have great gift items: Pampered Chef, Thirty-One Gifts, Mary Kay, Tupperware, Rodan + Fields, etc.

These are a few that came to mind this weekend. I’m sure you have your favorites too! Remember to support your favorite small businesses this holiday season. Happy shopping!