Replacing of a meaningful God/family celebration with endless consumption just bugs me. A lot. Why do we, the larger American community, feel the need to shop ourselves into oblivion, hoping for a good tax return to pay off our holiday debts? It makes no sense to me.
That said, I just discovered that today is Small Business Saturday. This is something of an alternative to Black Friday and its online counterpart, Cyber Monday. Instead of trying to snag ultra HD televisions that can see into the future for the low, low price of $4.99 (USD, of course), Small Business Saturday is about choosing to support small, local businesses over mega chain stores like Wal-Mart.
This is something I can get behind. At least, I can get behind it more than the standard manic shopping that makes this weekend so very special.
So, if you're looking for some small businesses to support with your patronage, here are some of my top choices:
- Shots 'n' Knots :: Yes, this is my shop. Shameless self promotion, I know, but it's good handmade stuff, and thrifty, too!
- HoopPretty :: HoopPretty sells the most adorable clothing and accessories printed with designs for those who, as their tagline goes, "heart the hoop." Be sure to take advantage of their Cybertastic Thank You Sale, which runs through this coming Tuesday.
- Eriander :: This is my good friend's Etsy shop, where she sells handmade knitted items. I own a pair of her fingerless gloves, and they rock.
- Forgotten Sprites :: Another friend's Etsy shop, this one features 8-bit Nintendo-themed Christmas ornaments. Geek-tastic!
(Oh, and if you're curious, the above photo was taken of me by a good friend in 2007. I am fake shopping at the Tiffany's window in New York City. Good times!)