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‘Tis the Season to Support Small Businesses


‘Twas the gift-giving season,

And what do you know? A

Small business was selling, and

Trying to grow. 


But the people they shopped,

At the giant chain stores. 

Target and Amazon, Costco, 

and more.


What they never realize,

When they keep shopping big,

Is they support someone, who’s

Already rich.


Fifty dollars to a chain

Does not make a dent, but

Fifty dollars to small businesses

Can help pay the rent.


So support your small businesses,

local and far.

I’ve made a list of a few, 

Take a look, here they are!


She Makings

Instagram: @shemakings

Website: https://shemakings.com/products/black-longsleeve-eat-the-rich-ransom-tee 

She Makings is a small business that creates cute and unique accessories and clothing items that are all sustainably made! The owner, Siera Gunnet, saves clothing items that would otherwise be thrown into landfills, cleans them, then hand-sews them into something completely new, and does not leave a scrap of fabric to waste. This ensures that whatever you purchase will be entirely unique, as well as eco-friendly! Not to mention, 25% of proceeds from BLM and LGBTQIA+ articles on her shop are directly donated to the respective communities making this small business a great ethical choice. So check out her website and buy your loved ones (or yourself) some earrings, body oil, or an up-cycled top!


Zoie Van

Instagram: @artist_zoievan

Zoie Van is an artist and crochet goddess! She makes and sells jewelry and so many different amazing crochet creations, either patterns she has already made, or customs made just for you! Her collection so far consists of beautiful crochet tops, cozy winter hats, and some absolute darling earrings that work with almost any outfit. Check out her Instagram account to see some of her creations, and message her for a beautiful hand-made gift!


Abeni’s Earrings

Instagram: @abenisearrings

TikTok: abenisearrings

Website: https://abenisearrings8.wixsite.com/mysite

Abeni’s Earrings is a small business run by Abeni who creates the cutest earrings at such an affordable price! All of her earrings have the sweetest little charms ranging from hearts, lightning bolts, and even mini boba charms. Her packaging has a sweet aesthetic (see on her TikTok and Instagram), AND she is running a holiday sale for this ENTIRE month where shipping is only $3 and every order comes with a mini candy cane!


Xicana Clay and Co.

Instagram: @xicana.clay.and.co

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/XicanaClayandCo

Xicana Clay and Co. is run by a beautiful and proud Xicana, Jasmin, who makes all of her own earrings from clay! All of her earrings are bold, unique, and absolutely gorgeous. You can choose from a range of designs and styles: from studs to flower dangles, neutral to bold colors, you name it! Be sure to check out her Instagram or website to add some more color to your accessories.


The Prickly Pear

Instagram: @thepricklypear

Website: https://thepricklypear.company.site

Emily, the creator of The Prickly Pear, is an amazing resin artist. She creates and sells handmade jewelry, keychains, hair clips, soy candles, home goods, and so much more! If you message her, she will even create a custom order just for you! All of her products are made with love and care which can easily be seen in all of her work. What makes this business especially great during this pandemic is that she carefully sanitizes everything when packaging her products so that the customer always feels safe! Go check out her work!


MI Blanket Co.

Instagram: @miblanket.co

MI Blanket Co. is a sweet small business located in Northern Michigan. They specialize in making super soft chunky knit blankets that are just perfect snuggling into to read a good book or to snuggle during a Netflix binge. They also make some adorable knit winter headbands to keep your ears warm during the bitter winters or if your house is always cold. Go check them out and place an order!



Website: https://www.redbubble.com/people/AnnieGetYourPen/shop?asc=u 

AnnieGetYourPen is my own small shop on Redbubble, where I create designs for stickers, clothing items, buttons, coasters, and more. Over the course of this school year, I have begun drawing and creating artwork that I enjoy and that I believed others would enjoy as well! One day I hope for the shop to grow somewhere other than RedBubble, but for now, check out some of my crazy creations!


While I wish that I could 

name every one,

Shopping at small businesses

is lots of fun.


Buy from them online,

From pickup, in stores.

Local or far,

They open their doors.


Support the small businesses,

Allow their sales to take flight.

Happy shopping to all, 

May your pockets grow light!


Annie is a senior at Michigan State University studying for a degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Social Studies. When she isn't studying, she enjoys geeking out about all things Harry Potter, snuggling with her dogs, and binge-watching "New Girl" with her friends. No matter what, you'll always see her with a smile that's wider than the Joker's.
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