Today is Small Business Saturday in the UK, an initiative to encourage everyone to start supporting small businesses. It's run across the world but this is the first time for the UK and today, being the busiest Christmas shopping day, is the perfect day to start supporting all those wonderful, independent businesses.
With a rising number of talented folk starting up independent shops, I thought I'd share some of my
Photo credit: Onetenzeroseven
Run by the gorgeous Sophie, Onetenzeroseven is full of beautiful handmade jewellery. I have a liberty fabric ring, with matching earrings and I LOVE them! The fabric is so pretty and even matches a dress, so I honestly wear them several times a week and they regularly get commented on. Head over to Sophie's shop for a look-see!
Photo credit: Claireabellemakes
Claireabellemakes is run by the endlessly talented, Claire, who makes handmade jewellery, from brooches, rings, hairgrips and more. I have one of Claire's bicycle bracelets, in pink. I adore it and wear it whenever I'm out on my bike - why not! Take a peek at Claire's shop here :-)
Photo credit: Miss Beatrix
Anna is the lovely lady behind Miss Beatrix and my-oh-my, her buttons are the cutest things you've ever seen! They are 100% handmade. Yup, not only does Anna paint her original images on to the buttons but she makes the buttons too!! And I own nine of them! I honestly find it hard to leave her shop without buying something. Check out this talented lady's shop here.
If you're out in town today, then I cannot encourage you enough to check out those independent shops (every town has them!). I can guarantee you'll find gorgeous Christmas presents and you'll be supporting all those businesses who work tirelessly to bring something different in to the world, pay their taxes (not like other big businesses I won't mention!) and who offer a personal, friendly and inviting experience. So, whether you're shopping online or stomping the pavements today, be sure to show support for Small Business Saturday.