Hi friends, Happy Friday! I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving...I don't think I need to eat for a few days! While driving home from my parents' last night early in the evening, I was very discouraged...sad...upset... to see every parking place at Super Target, Old Navy, Best Buy, Toys R Us, and Wal-Mart full. I'm so opposed to Black Friday sales starting earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving. I feel so sorry for those employees who have to report even hours earlier than the store opens, missing the holiday with their families. I realize that a handful of people might be happy to work on holidays, but can't we even take one day off to count our blessings and not focus on what we can buy/get/save $ on next? I just think we're on a very slippery slope.
OK, rant over, but today, as stores and malls are being swarmed, I'll encourage you to shop small this season and support small businesses. Tomorrow is officially Small Business Saturday, and today I'll share with you several of my favorite small businesses and business owners.
First up, we hit the jackpot with our neighbors. Our kids are fast friends, and have a blast playing together. Greg is a true picker, hunter, and craftsman who sells his incredible finds at Broadway Antiques & Market in downtown Edmond. His store is called The Barn Market, very appropriate considering all of the old barns he scours all over this part of the country to find reclaimed wood, posts, hardware, and generally just really cool stuff! If you like his FB page, you'll get to see all of the treasures he's bringing in the shop, but I took a little tour with my camera last week and thought I'd share with you.
Occasionally he finds these incredible old sleighs...they don't last long in the shop!
He makes gorgeous, quality, handcrafted furniture from all reclaimed items. Harvest tables are his specialty,
but he thinks up other great furniture pieces like this bench made from an old door...perfect for a mudroom!
In the corner of that photo you can see a bit of a santa and toy sack, and here are the reindeer that go with him. They are wood cutouts from an old Sears store. They are huge and amazing. I really wanted to find a spot for one of those deer, but they are all sold as a set, as they should be.
Often Greg is able to make custom pieces to fit your needs. Visit The Barn Market or Facebook page...you'll like what you see!
Another favorite local shopping spot is The Rink Gallery. My parents have had a booth there since it opened, and I love walking around and taking everything in. You never know what you'll see there! If you go, be sure to check out their booth. It's called Bree's (the grandchildren's name for my Mom) and it's straight down the middle near the back with a meticulously painted brick floor (my Dad did that). I wrote a post about it here if you want to see more.
Need some suggestions for online shopping? These small businesses-and the ladies who run them- are awesome!
Happy shopping and I hope you have a great weekend! Now I can officially work on my Christmas decorations without feeling guilty that it's before Thanksgiving!