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As you all are aware, this past month there was a ton of hype about Amazon Prime Day. Many other major chain stores attempted to compete with their sales, as did the smaller businesses. I must admit, I order from Amazon at least once a week. I have had an Amazon Prime account for many years now and am a fan of the service BUT I shop small businesses just as much, if not more!
Starting today and the last Saturday of each month, I will be featuring small businesses (online and brick-and-mortar) that need your support! These small businesses will only be those that I trust and have ordered from… and believe me, there is no shortage of shops to choose from!
Why support small businesses? I started an Etsy shop in April 2015 when I was beginning to DIY my own wedding decorations and thought, “I can do this for other people too!”
It turns out it wasn’t so easy to have an online shop, full-time job, multiple moves, a wedding to plan… oh, and still manage to sleep, eat, and be a functioning member of society. I was beginning to realize why people bought the decor off Etsy since there was no time to do it!
Fast forward a little over 2 years and here I am… I am now blogging and running an Etsy shop full-time and loving it! Making items with my own two hands, putting my heart and soul and customization into each product is something I have a passion for. One of my favorite things about having my own shop is being able to do custom items for people and create something that isn’t in mass production.
While not all small shops have handmade items, they all have one major thing in common, great customer service that big brands lack. Small businesses are able to provide more one-on-one, personable service that will remain with you and keep bringing you back.
Next time you shop small remember that you’re not supporting a CEO’s car collection or vacation home, you are helping someone put food on their table and pay their mortgage. You are helping a student pay their tuition, you are helping a family get into their first home… just a few important things!
I don’t think I need to give you anymore reasons to support small businesses – now I’ll just help you find more places to spend your money!
Bella Rose is one of my new favorite online boutiques. Not only do they have AMAZING prices but every order has free shipping!
Selfie Saturday! The beautiful dusty rose colored shirt I’m wearing is only $24 with a cute little keyhole neckline, bell sleeves and a high low hemline. But guess what? Readers of Fire + Wife get a 25% discount! Head to Bella Rose now and enter FIRE25 at checkout!
Check out some of my favorite finds from the site (all well under $20!):
Head over to Bella Rose Boutique now and start early on back to school shopping or a new fall wardrobe for less!