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Small Business Saturday

23 November 2011

We are only a few hours away from the official start of Thanksgiving Weekend! Before I throw myself into the hoopla of the holiday, let me make a confession: it aint my fave. As a vegetarian who can't eat flour and is an ADHD chef do you really blame me? Oh and I also have a life-long fear of crowds. So I basically gleefully take my paid time off and hole up in my house and work on different projects. Last year I literally spent the entire Thanksgiving weekend stripping wallpaper and buying furniture off Craig's List. This year we will have outdoor lights and a Christmas tree for the first time so I will be spending all weekend making continuous trips to Lowe's for what it supposed to be a "quick and easy" project. I can't wait to share some of the finished decoations with you in an upcoming post!

Since I am crowd-phobic (and I would like to think on my better days a conscious consumer) I have really fallen in love with the idea of Small Business Saturday that started popping up a few years ago. Much more manageable crowds, with many opportunities to even shop online at home, and a way to support individuals who are just like the rest of us, trying to live their life with a passion and support their families. I am highlighting some of my favorite "small" retailers below. If you are a friend and hate spoilers close your eyes because these items will be gift wrapped and under my new tree for my nearest and dearest!

Longhorn Fashions

I am not a born and bred UT fan, but as the proud sister to the owner of this e-boutique for UT apparel and fashionable game day clothes. I have followed its journey and purchased many of its items (at full retail cost mind you) and they are genuinely some of my most trusted closet staples. In fast I wore the Romeo top to the Downtown Dallas holiday lights unveiling last weekend. Sistah/shop owner Tessie has always had impeccable taste and is that good kind of a little OCD about what she wears (we are on bridesmaids dress #3 for her upcoming wedding - it is really important to her that all women look and feel their best in what they are wearing!) and it really comes through in her clothes. She has cute options for University of Texas, Texas A&M  and TCU on her site. Follow her on Twitter @LonghornFashion or find her on Facebook at Longhorn Fashions to get the code for 30% off everything on the site this weekend!

Soap Hope

This is a really revolutionary e-boutique. Soap Hope sells top-of-the-line soaps, makeups, teas, creams and cleaning supplies, with 100% of their profits providing opportunity for women in poverty. Every single product on their website is either all-natural (great for people like me with sensitive skin), eco-friendly or socially conscious. I am going to buy the zum mint holiday soap ornaments for my girl cousins and hope that someone puts some of this Pangea Organics Facial Cream in my stocking. Use the code BLK15 while checking out for an extra 15% their zum prices this weekend (already cheaper than what you'll pay for these rich and eco-friendly soaps at Whole Foods).

Good Records

Our first Christmas as newlyweds Sistah gave Markus and I a turntable for our new home. It has been the gift that keeps on giving for us as we have gotten very into putting records on as we wake up on Saturdays and journeying to garage sales and Half Price Books for vinyl. Even before we had our turntable, I've loved Good Records. They've hosted some great in-store performances by some of my favorite bands, are always really friendly and helpful and have done some great promotions on concert ticket giveaways and pre-orders. They keep the people in Dallas into our great local music scene between shows and offer a creative oasis in the middle of Greenville Ave. They will be opening at 8am on Black Friday, stocked with some awesome limited-edition box sets by names like The Beastie Boys, Bob Dylan, The Byrds and The Beatles - plus in-store performaces by Tracy Shedd and Grateful Exit. I am going to do my part to make every day Record Store Day and pay them a visit on Friday!

Kendra Scott

For the ladies with more refined taste on my shopping list, I am going with the adorable Austinite, Kendra Scott. Her jewels and gemstones are stunning and the real deal. I happen to know that Sistah bride has worked with Ms. Scott for our bridesmaids gifts so I think I will be ordering myself a treat or two this weekend to make sure all of my MOH jewelry perfectly coordinates. I think I will show everyone that my bouquet means business with this Tela cocktail ring. Not only a designer, Kendra is a community activist and has specially designed jewelry to benefit charities. Kendra is doing 20% off site-wide through 11/28 with the code 20SITEWIDE and free shipping on orders of $150 or more.

These are just some of the gifts that will be going out to my friends and family this year, regardless of whether they were naughty or nice. If you in the Dallas area, also be sure to check out the blog Do Dallas Cheap, which will be on red alert for all of the deals this weekend and is my daily source for the best of the bargain world eacy day. Ever since my friend started doing this site I've felt like I've had a personal assistant going through all of my group-buy emails and telling me what's worth my time. That is like a Holiday gift in itself!

A very happy Thanksgiving to you all! If you are including a small business on your list this weekend, let me know so I can check them out!


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