Here it is, Thanksgiving night, and my Facebook feed is full of friends updating their statuses with photos of the crowds at the local stores. The Black Friday madness has begun, and while I understand that some people really do love the energy of it all, I’m skipping out (as usual.)
I don’t do Black Friday. I’m an online shopper through and through. I save WAY more money, and TONS more time, by shopping from the peace and quiet of my home, with my boys sleeping in the next room. I can put on my big, fuzzy sleep pants, curl up on the couch, and think through my purchases like I could never do in a store. Plus, shopping online allows me to patronize smaller businesses that carry the items I really want, spending my dollars where they make a big difference.
So, in the spirit of Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, I’m sharing my favorite independent online retailers! These are the places I frequent all year long, and they carry the best in, well, just about everything from toys and snacks to clothing and housewares. I stand firmly behind every one of them, and highly recommend them.
If any pique your interest, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and their individual blogs – and sign up for emails! Those places are where you find all the deals and coupons, which have saved me tons throughout the years!
Down to Earth Toys - Wooden, natural and organic toys (over 90% made in the USA!) Love the selection, and I always find cool, heirloom-quality things I’ve never seen anywhere else. Accepts Paypal.
Oompa Toys - Naturally brilliant toys! A great selection of natural and organic toys, as well as European brands. Oompa Toys is devoted to sourcing their toys from companies that respect the planet and provide a nurturing enviroment for their employees. Free shipping over $65.
Hazelnut Kids - Natural toys for girls and boys. You’ll find a wide selection of green toys, organic cotton stuffed animals, waldorf dolls, wooden toys, natural baby toys, wooden play kitchens, organic dolls, beeswax art materials, and preschool toys.
Magic Cabin - Childhood’s purest treasures. The most whimsical selection of natural toys I’ve seen! Accepts Paypal.
Tegu – Totally unique and exquisitely crafted magnetic blocks made from Honduran hardwoods that not only provide educational, creative play, but also help bring long-term sustainable living wages and economic development to Central America.
EcoMom - My delivery man must think we own stock in EcoMom. I get everything there, from our holiday gifts to our compost container that sits on our counter! Follow EcoMom’s social media, because there’s always a sale, Daily Deal or coupon code available. Free shipping over $50. Accepts Paypal.
The Ultimate Green Store – Your one-stop green shopping destination! From recycled wine punts to organic pajamas, you’ll find everything you need for the adults on your list, as well as the kids.
Abe’s Market – Discover incredible natural products, every day! Abe’s carries a wide range of products from jewelry and t-shirts to toys and vegan foods. I love browsing their site because I always find new, Abe’s-approved artisans and cool small businesses. Free shipping through 12/21/12!
So go ahead. Put on your sweats, power up, and shop in peace! Black Friday is for the birds!
Do you have a favorite online retailer? Please share in the comments below!