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Shop Small 2019: Small Business Shopping Guide

Welcome to the third edition of my Shop Small Gift Guide! Read last years guide here. This blog post it easily my favorite thing to write, and I look forward to publishing it all year. I’ve compiled this years list based on businesses that I have discovered over the course of this past year, as well as suggestions from you. When I write these guides I typically highlight small businesses who are not solely vintage focused — I do this because I feel like I promote vintage shops throughout the rest of the year pretty regularly, and I want to give other small biz types their own special spotlight. Please let me know if you end up purchasing anything from these killer small businesses, I would love to see what you buy!

I recently learned that 67 cents per dollar stays local when you shop small. This means that for every dollar you spend locally, at a small business, 67 cents goes back into that local community — benefiting parks, schools, museums, libraries and so much more. This is a really big deal and a really important thing.

Some of these businesses are even running Black Friday promotions — which are so difficult to do when margins are already tight — so please check them out stat!


Chunks Shop (Instagram | Website)
Responsibly made hair accessories. Female owned and operated, ethically and proudly made in China.

Image courtesy of Chunks


Textile Haus (Instagram | Website)
Ethical and sustainable minimalist clothing, made in San Francisco.

Image courtesy of Textile Haus


Llani (Instagram | Website)
Slippers, flats, and slides, mindfully made in India. Female owned and operated!

Image courtesy of Llani


Galamaar (Instagram | Website)
Trend-defying swimwear made from ocean waste, produced in Los Angeles.

Image courtesy of Galamaar


Küdd:krig Home (Instagram | Website)
Modern textiles and home decor, made by hand in Long Beach.

Image courtesy of Kudd Krig


St. Lightning (Instagram | Website)
A San Francisco brick ‘n mortar carrying curated vintage and custom jewelry. Artist made, ethically produced.


Arq (Instagram | Website)
Base layers for you and your little ones. Sustainable fabrics, responsible factories, made in the USA.

Image courtesy of Arq


Warren Steven Scott (Instagram | Website)
Modern, geometric earrings. Native American owned and operated. Made in Canada.

Image courtesy of Warren Steven Scott


Parade (Instagram | Website)
A new underwear company that makes expressive underwear in super-soft sustainable fabrics. All for $9.

Image courtesy of Parade


Machete Jewelry (Instagram | Website)
A jewelry and hair accessories brand focused on ethical production and working towards a sustainable future. Made in Atlanta, GA.


Stay Forever (Instagram | Website)
A brick and mortar store in Ridgewood, Queens. Find home goods, gifts, and paper products.

Image courtesy of Stay Forever


The Break (Instagram | Website)
IRL shop full of curated vintage and modern in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. #AestheticGoals.

Thank you for shopping local today, this holiday season, and all year long! Happy holidays to you and yours <3

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