Does anyone else dread Black Friday? Seriously, I only need to read one of those stories of two parents duking it out while shopping for Christmas before I vow never to leave my house again. I did make it to Walmart and picked up the one thing that Jett’s been going bonkers over but other than that…I stayed indoors.
So maybe you decided to skip out on Black Friday this year- I get it. But, if there is one shopping day you don’t skip out on, it should be Small Business Saturday (SBS).
Supporting Small Businesses Builds Communities
Held annually the Saturday after Thanksgiving since 2010, SBS is an awesome way to support small businesses. Not just in your community, but all over the United States. Aside from helping communities create jobs, you’re helping budding entrepreneurs, family-run businesses, and many sustainable practices grow, hire within their community, and the upside is that you’re typically getting really well-made, handcrafted product.
But that isn’t the only reason to shop small. As an owner of Poppy & Dot and my other small business, Car Litter Bags, I can’t begin to express to you the difficulties of striking out on your own. It takes courage, gumption, money, and so much more to start a side-hustle, grow it, and turn it into the main gig.
When you shop small, you’re not just supporting someone else’s big dreams, but a family as well. As a business owner myself, I can’t even express my level of gratitude adequately for the many women who have support Layla and me over the years and shopped Poppy & Dot.
So I wanted to give back this year and tell you about 10 of my favorite small businesses that are stretched across the US. They make killer product, change lives, create things my family uses daily or lives in (like these dresses), and really do things differently.
So check out my list below as I introduce you to 10 of my favorite small businesses.