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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I Think I Can, I Think I Can...

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can only shop from small businesses this holiday season.

So I have decided that the big businesses don't need me this year. As a small, locally owned business I know how hard this recession and economic crisis has hit me, my friends and colleagues.

My friend E wrote one day about an antique shop in her town closing after decades in business. One that she grew up knowing the owners, their stories, etc. She loved learning the history of the pieces and the owners became her friends. I have a favorite shop from childhood that just recently closed after almost 30 years and a local bookshop that I used to ride my bike to as a child and then took my son to play in the children's nook as a small toddler that had to close their doors this year too. I have a few friends that have decided to close up shop after a particularly bad year,readjust, and focus on other things. I work too hard and have such a passion that I won't be one of those stories and I don't want small businesses that love to follow that path either.

I have decided that I am only going to shop from small businesses for everyone on my holiday list this year. This is slightly challenging with the minis...Mini #1 is obsessed with the 15 daily toy catalogs that come in the mail and I HEART the day after Thanksgiving early morning shopping. I can still get the same great toys and children's products from smaller shops and sites and do that shopping on Black Friday, I am just being more selective and loving those small businesses.

When I started Molly Lou Gifts, I was in search of high quality, stylish, and unique products that couldn't be found just anywhere. I wanted to offerings in my shop to be items that customers were excited to find, give, and receive.

People often feel that shopping at small sites and shops means that it will be more expensive and cost more. Actually, quite the opposite. I do a lot of research and most of our items are cheaper than the big competitors.

We have a new holiday discount code for use on any purchase from Molly Lou Gifts. Use code holiday09 to enjoy 15% off your total purchase from our shop this season. We are happy to wrap, ship, and include a personalized handwritten gift message to your loved ones.

Please let us know if we can be of any assistance or answer any questions. We are happy to help and appreciate all of our clients and friends. Have a great day!

9 comments:

  1. Oh, this so describes me! My goal (like it is every year) is to do all that I can online, too. I love going to the mall & shopping, but....yeah.

    OH, let me know how much I owe you for my order...you got it, right?? ;)

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  2. Awesome idea! People don't realize, unless their close to one, how hard this recession has hit the small biz world!

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  3. I am totally standing up and applauding you right now! Good for you! This is so hard, but so, so important!

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  4. Best of luck!! I've been doing *most* of my holiday shopping from small businesses for the past 4 years. It's been wonderful & rewarding. :)

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  5. I am hoping to do the same. Small retailers /e-tailors need to be shown the love. It's sad that the big box guys get all the attention and have put so many small guys out of business.

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  6. You're awesome! My friends and family are getting homemade stuff this year... 'tis the season :)

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