We love a great Black Friday deal as much as the next gal, but between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a shopping holiday near and dear to our hearts: Small Business Saturday. But there’s no denying that it’s way easier to sit at home in our jammies noshing on Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches than braving the cold to go shopping. Luckily, you can both support local independent businesses, artisans, and sellers while staying at home, thanks to these websites and apps. Some of these are big sites you’re already familiar with but may not realize offer a local shopping option, while others are new sites with a local footprint that’s expanding. Either way, these are the easiest ways to support members of your community while holiday shopping this season, all in the comfort of your home.
Did you know that you can shop from local shops on Etsy? It’s easy. Enter the item you’re looking for in the search bar, and press enter. Then, look for “shop location” on the left side of the website, select “custom,” and enter your state or town to filter the search results so you only see items that are available from shops and artisans in your community.
2. Facebook Marketplace
If you’re looking for deals on items *really* close to home, check out Facebook Marketplace. People in your area can post listings of items they have for sale in your area, and you can arrange pickup. It’s a great way to find gently used items and bargains on things like furniture, home goods, and toys that are like-new or sometimes even brand new!
Yes, you can buy items from around the world on eBay, but if you go to their advanced search page, you can search for items being sold in your own community. You can search for items that are sold as close as 2 miles from your preferred zip code or as far away as 2000, the choice is yours. Whether you’re buying new items, used items, or collectibles, using the local search function ensures that the money you spend will stay in the community.
4. Shop Where I Live
Shop Where I Live is an online shopping marketplace that connects users with local businesses, so they can support their communities when they buy. Shop Where I Live currently operates in three states: Iowa, Nebraska, and Georgia, and they’re still expanding.
5. West Tenth
West Tenth is still expanding, but for now, this online shopping “digital main street” features women-owned businesses in Southern California. You can find gifts like custom decorated cookies and hand-crafted floral arrangements, or give the gift of a service like home organization, music lessons, or a family photoshoot with a professional photographer. You can download the app in the Apple app store.
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