Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Shopping Small: The Update


You forgot to mention that we got to eat on your fancy china and drink from your gorgeous crystal! Fanciest party I've been to since your wedding! Thanks for a great time!

I want to give you an update on my holiday shopping challenge. IT WORKED! I'm thrilled because so rarely do I actually complete something I set out to do (always the best intentions). Here's a reminder of my pledge.

I haven't run the numbers, but I'm pretty sure we did even better than 75%. Of all our holiday shopping, only one gift was purchased at a big box/national retailer. You know, the one that seems to always be going out of business. But that was it. Everything else was local or purchased from a small retailer online.

Dandelion -- Louisville, KY
Proper Topper -- Washington, DC
Abby Park -- Milton, MA (Boston)
Cooking at the Cottage -- Louisville, KY
Kramer Books -- Washington, DC
Stash Tea -- Tigard, Oregon
Scout -- Louisville, KY

I have to tell you, this challenge was a lot easier than I thought it would be. It helped us plan out our gifts a little more too, which is never a bad thing for us. It felt great to walk into Kramer and  buy a stack of books instead of order them online from Amazon. And we had a blast in Proper Topper, where I used to moonlight, and pick out beautiful jewelry and accessories for our family. We even got a deal from Anna, the owner, on a gorgeous Tusk iPad case! 

In fact, I'm gonna try to keep this trend going throughout the year!

Hope your holiday shopping was stress-free and merry!


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