As a person who grew up in a family with self-employed parents, I've always had an appreciation for good business. I do business with companies who operate with the customer in mind and look to the customer's needs first before their profit margin. And avoid, or even boycott (I'm a big fan of boycotting :-) those that don't. I also feel that supporting small business is paramount in a world of mega-stores and conglomerates. Additionally, with the growth and ease of the Internet, it is now possible to support small businesses regardless of their geographic locations.
The growth of internet marketplaces has also served to help numerous individuals with an idea or innovative product to have an outlet and reach customers regardless of the size of their operations. And because supporting these businesses are so important, I thought I would share a couple with you that I have had positive to amazing experiences with in the past.
First up, is Queen Bee Creations part of the BuyOlympia.com group:
I get a lot of comments on my bag and wallet. They are completely handmade and custom made when you order them. Because of this, it takes about 4 weeks to receive your order, but boy are they worth it! The wallet is one of the best organized wallets I have ever seen or used. Inside there are 6 clear pockets for your ID and cards, as well as a pouch for your check book and a zipper pouch for change. The bag is also a nice combination of casual and dressy, so it works great during the work week and on the weekend.
Next, I wanted to share with you the art of Ashley G. She has an Etsy store and you can follow her creative endeavors through her blog, Kitty Genius.
The prints through her Etsy shop are printed on canvas and the quality is unbelievable for the price. At the time I purchased this print, I also picked up her button pack because I had a hard time choosing just one print! Also, each month she sells a special print and a portion of the proceeds go to a charity of her choice. Plus, she is super nice and everything was shipped well and fast. One of these days, I will pick up one of her original paintings, but for now, I'm happy gazing at my print.
Also part of the BuyOlympia.com group is Sarah Utter.
Now, this was one of those things that I just couldn't resist when the email notification came in my inbox. The price was right, the shipping was fast and this is just too cute! Also, for you readers out there, she also carries a "Reading is Sexy" t-shirt that is awesome!
Finally, I heard about Tiny Meats through Ashley G as they are now carrying a wallet featuring some of her art.
I picked up this wallet for B since his old wallet was breaking off the tops of his cards. And I just couldn't resist the artwork. I'm pretty sure his sister and his mom will appreciate the significance of this particular 'theme' given his history of speeding violations. Inside there are 4 pockets for cards as well as a pocket for money. The only problem B has had is that the plastic that the pockets are made out of sometimes grabs his cards. But other than that, he loves it.
So, please check out these sellers. I'm sure you will enjoy doing business with them as much as I have!