Supporting independent businesses is something I try to do as much as possible. I really admire independent business owners for their hard work and determination. When buying from a small business, you know that a lot of time and effort goes into each individual product. Shopping small also gives you the ability to make sure you’re shopping ethically.
I thought for this week’s blog post I’d share some of my favourite small businesses, and I hope you’ll check them all out! A small order truly can make a big difference to an independent business.
WhatLydDid is a fellow blogger who recently opened an Etsy shop. Lyd offers cute and quirky prints and letter sets. I just received my first order and couldn’t be happier with what I received! The products are great quality and are very reasonably priced. Also, how cute are those elephant stickers? Lyd is so talented, and I’m so proud of her.
If you’re looking for a feminist and empowering business then Half Stitch is the solution. Trudi has incredible t-shirts, jumpers and patches. She’s also based in Glasgow, so it’s nice to support someone local! All the products are ethically sourced and made which is really important to me. I purchased my Fuck the Tories jumper well over a year ago now and it’s definitely one of my most worn items of clothing.
Looking to make your bath time a bit more exciting? Happy Place Cosmetics is the place to go. I love Lush just as much as the next person, but I’m so happy to have found an independent business to support! HPC are vegan and cruelty free. I love their Bath Bomb Dust. You can get a few uses out of the pots, compared to a one use only bath bomb, meaning they’re better value for money!
You may be noticing a little bit of a theme here… I’m all about that anti-tory merch and grlclb is yet another Glasgow based business that is providing the goods! I respect everything that grlclb stands for – take a look at the club rules here. The bag above is my most recent purchase, and I think it speaks for itself. Incredible. If I had the money, I can promise you’d I’d be buying every single GRLCLB item for every single person I know.
I discovered Sighh on Instagram years ago, and I’m so glad I did. Sighh offers beautifully illustrated phone cases, tote bags, pins, prints and more. I’ve got a few of Polly’s pins now as well as “The Everyday Tote”, but I’m always eyeing up new things on the website. I’ll definitely be picking up her Weekly Food Shop tote when my bank balance isn’t looking so sad.
Sunshine No.1 is an independent retailer in the southside of Glasgow which sells unique products from across Scotland. Luckily enough, it’s right around the corner from my flat! If I ever need a birthday card or a small gift, this shop is my go to. One of the reasons I love Sunshine No.1 is because Suzi can tell you where each item is from and who made it. I think there’s something really special about that. They also have an online store if you’re not local!
Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your Easter weekend!
I’ve linked all of the businesses above so please do take a look. I have no doubt that they’d love your support.
Please let me know your favourite independent businesses in the comments, because I’m always on the lookout for new businesses to support.