Why Small Business Saturday Is Better than Black Friday

Forget about Black Friday (please)! It’s all about Small Business Saturday. What is Small Business Saturday? It’s a brilliant marketing campaign by American Express encouraging people to shop local.

And while it is a marketing campaign, I really do like and agree with the message of it – let’s spend our money in our own town and with the small businesses that support it. Instead of heading off to Target or Walmart or Macy’s, why not look around your city at the little shops owned by locals and see what wonderful and unique things they have to offer?

Another great way to support small businesses is to shop online. It’s not quite the same thing as shopping local, but it is a great way to support a small-sized business with unique products and not pour even more money into mass merchandisers.

Here are a couple of small businesses I love that offer their products online:

Tomboy Vintage

I’ve already written about my friend Jeanne’s awesome new tee shirt company Tomboy Vintage. Her shirts are adorable and perfect for the tomboy in your life. She has six different styles for women and two styles for little girls. The only problem is picking out just one. (So go ahead and buy two or three!)

Here I am (as requested by Kim) in Jeanne’s latest design. (Is it me or is this picture really big?)

Tomboy Girl Power Tee Shirt
Girl Power!

Please note if you do buy a Tomboy Vintage tee shirt that they are sized for juniors and run a bit small – you may want to order a size up. (I usually wear a medium and am wearing a size large.)

Betty Belts

Betty Belts is another great company owned by a really cool woman named Donna von Hoesslin. I met Donna when I wrote this article about her for skirt.com. Talk about an incredibly interesting person – Donna went surfing for the first time at age 31 and it literally changed her life. So much so that the California native, who was living in Berlin, ended up moving back to California so she could surf all the time.

Donna is not only passionate about the environment, but about the people on our planet and treating them fairly. Donna creates environmentally friendly jewelry – her sea glass jewelry is her most popular- and has her jewelry made in Bali by artisans who are paid a fair, living wage.

Sea glass necklaces designed and photographed by Donna von Hoesslin

Donna’s store, Betty Belts, is located in the Main Street area of Ventura, CA, but you can also buy her products online. In addition to the sea glass jewelry Donna also sells really cute earrings made from the leftover resin from making surfboards, silver jewelry, and super-cute belts.

surfboard resin earrings and necklace
Surfboard Resin Earrings and Necklace photographed by David Pu’u

Why buy costume jewelry made in China when you can buy something truly unique designed by a cool chick and made by a Balinese artisan who was paid a fair, living wage?

So that’s my Small Business Saturday plug. This holiday season why not shop small? (It’s so good for the soul!)

BTW – I was not compensated in any way for this post. These are just two really great companies (that happened to be owned by two amazing women) with fantastic products.

What small businesses do you plan on shopping at this holiday season?


Oprah says I Shoud Spread Positivity, Pay it Forward and Ignore Spell Check

Well, Oprah might not have really said that. But I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about how to pay it forward. I’m trying to put some positivity out in the universe in hopes that it will come back to me. That’s what Oprah says I should do.

BTW- my spell check says positivity is not a word. Apparently my spell check has never met Oprah.

Today I am going to pay it forward by telling you about my friend Jeanne and her awesome new company, Tomboy Vintage. Jeanne is very much a girl, just not a girly girl. She grew up a tomboy (with six older brothers she didn’t have much choice) and is very proud of that. She still embraces her tomboy spirit – she’s active and adventurous and  has confidence that she can do whatever boys can (she can, even Oprah thinks so).

Jeanne is an artist and decided she wanted to use her talent to create a cute tee shirt for tomboys that are all grown-up. She totally nailed it. Her shirts are awesome. Here is her most popular design right here…

Don’t you just LOVE this shirt?

I have that shirt BTW – it’s adorable. If I had clean hair and make-up on right now I’d have Dave snap a photo of me and show you what I look like in the shirt. But I don’t. I look like I haven’t had a shower in two days (which might or might not be true) and I am trying to pay it forward and I think if you saw a photo of me in this shirt right now looking all nasty with dirty hair and no make-up you wouldn’t want to buy it and it would be the opposite of paying it forward – it would be like paying it backwards and making some sort of bad karma debt!

This shirt is also adorable…


I think I will get  it next.

AND because Jeanne is super cool and likes to give a little extra, when you purchase a shirt you get a paper doll!

C’mon how cute is this?

And stickers!

Yay! Stickers!

Check out the rest of Jeanne’s shirts by going to her website: http://www.tomboyvintage.com. You should. They’re totally cute! Do it now. (Then come back!)

And if YOU want to pay it forward as well you can:

1. Forward this blog to your entire mailing list (or maybe just 2 0r 3 people on it) 🙂
2. Follow @tomboyvintage on Twitter.
3. Like Tomboy Vintage on Facebook.
4. Follow Tomboy Vintage’s pins on Pinterest.
5. If you like what you see, buy a shirt for yourself or a friend. (The holidays are coming…)

There… don’t you feel better?

One thing’s for sure – these cute shirts will definitely put a smile on your face. And if that isn’t spreading positivity, I don’t know what is.

One more thing… I wonder if alerting the Word Press spell check crew that according to Google (and Oprah) positivity really is a word would be a way to pay it forward even more.

Just a thought…