I lived the last 46 years of my life in Mesa, Arizona.
I had my pick of like 4 different Targets and
the best TJ Maxx Home Goods evah just
a short drive from home.
And then I moved....
The closest Target is about 25 minutes away, and that's not
so bad. But TJ??? I think the closest one is an hour and
a half away:( :( :( and it's not a Home Goods :( :( :(
Now you have to understand, these stores were my go to places.
Ya know what I mean? Like there's pretty much nothing in the world
that I couldn't find in either of them!
You can start rolling your eyes about now...
because I was really kind of freaking out!
Well one morning when I was walking Wallace and wondering to myself
how I was going to tackle this first world problem-
I nearly stepped on this piece of paper.
BE PROUD TO SPEND DOLLARS LOCALLY
I seriously was laughing to myself.
I happened to live in the sweetest town with the most
adorable little shops full of goodies carefully picked
out by their hardworking owners:)
This Saturday is Small Business Saturday.
It's a day that encourages holiday shoppers to hit the brick and mortar
businesses that are small and local.
No one better understands this concept than the gals at
Restylesource, a guide to all things local!!
You guys want eye candy? Oh my. Go look.
Restylesource strongly believes that supporting local businesses
keeps our communities vibrant, healthy and strong:)
And I have to agree!!
I went out and snapped some pics of just a few of my
fave little stores downtown here in Carp:)
This store was one of the first places I went into when I moved here.
And you know what? the next time I went in, the gal there
I loved that:)
I'm kinda regretting I didn't take these lil guys
home with me:(
I LOVE this little store!! And Daniel..what a sweetheart!
It's full of soaps, lotions, candles and some
fab robes and jammies!!
I had to take a pic of this adorable lady.
I mean, look at her collar! And just imagine this-
she walked over to this shelf and said "well look
at these chaps!" in the sweetest accent.
I was dying. and staring. and wanting to beg her to be my friend.
Oh this store...
The owners are this sweet young couple with an eye
for goodies:) and always up for good conversation.
I love that:)
And I want that sweater.
And there's a big chance I'm gonna have this someday soon.
The owner's friend makes them:)
This store has been here in Carp for over 40 years.
In 1985 they were chosen the "Official Mint of the 50th Presidential Inauguration".
You walk in and immediately smell their homemade fudge.
You know what else you'll smell?
Imagine me driving a stick shift while enjoying this yumminess
on the way home:)
I practically begged this woman to hire me... for free:)
This store is just so fun to walk around in and you WILL
want to have a party. I mean come on! I NEED that teepee!!
I've really come to love this shopping local. I love the chatting,
the familiar faces of the employees,
the experience you get when
you walk in a store and leave with a new friend:)
So if you want to sleep in a tent in the parking lot of Best Buy to get that
deal on Friday, then do it!
But come Saturday? Think outside the box!!
Get out and hit up your local mom and pop shops.
Personally, I think it's a waaay better deal:)