15 Small, American-Owned Businesses On Amazon To Know About

Danielle Gonzalez

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Supporting small, local businesses and being an Amazon shopper don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Here's why. (Photo: Alistair Berg via Getty Images)
Supporting small, local businesses and being an Amazon shopper don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Here's why. (Photo: Alistair Berg via Getty Images)

For better or worse, Amazon has probably become a part of your everyday life in some way or another.

When you need a new swimsuit, you can have one delivered to your doorstep in about two days. If you want to tune out, you can put on episodes of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” via Prime Video. There are escapist books to read on your Kindle, groceries to get from Whole Foods on Amazon Fresh and even designer clothes to get on sale from Shopbop (which, you guessed it, is also owned by Amazon). 

During these uncertain times, many of us are making an effort to shop local. We should all spend our money at independent businesses as much as we can, because doing so helps support our communities. But supporting small businesses and being an Amazon shopper don’t have to be mutually exclusive — and the reality is that for many Americans in more rural communities, retailers like Amazon and Walmart are often the most accessible and affordable choice.

Amazon Handmade is similar to Etsy, and was Amazon’s foray into the peer-to-peer goods marketplace back in 2015. Now, it’s a place for artisans and makers to sell their unique, handmade products.

Many of the small businesses seeing success on Amazon Handmade are owned by women and people of color because marketplace platforms like Etsy and Amazon Handmade create opportunities for small business owners to scale, grow business and reach new consumers.

Amazon Handmade guidelines are strict. Products sold on the platform are required to be made entirely by hand ― nothing mass-produced is allowed ― so you don’t have to worry as much about buying from scammy Amazon seller accounts, which run rampant across the regular Amazon Seller Marketplace. 

There’s also a section dedicated to American-owned shops that lets you search by region and support local makers from the Southwest to the Northeast. We took a spin through Amazon Handmade and found everything from zero-waste soaps made in Indiana to custom-carved wooded housewares from Georgia

Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite local Amazon Handmade shops that you can feel good about browsing.

Take a look:

Two Tumbleweeds

This Arizona-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in crafted goods. Find this <a href="https://amzn.to/3idAOU6" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Foodie Dice for seasonal dinners" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Foodie Dice for seasonal dinners</a> for $24.
This Arizona-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in crafted goods. Find this Foodie Dice for seasonal dinners for $24.

The Neighborgoods

This Washington, D.C.-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in food-themed kitchen towels. Find this <a href="https://amzn.to/3dKTQgU" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Beet It kitchen flour sack towel" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Beet It kitchen flour sack towel</a> for $18.
This Washington, D.C.-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in food-themed kitchen towels. Find this Beet It kitchen flour sack towel for $18.

Made By Deborah

This Utah-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in modern, minimalist home decor. Find these <a href="https://amzn.to/3g7Yk2X" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:concrete succulent pots" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">concrete succulent pots</a> for $65.
This Utah-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in modern, minimalist home decor. Find these concrete succulent pots for $65.

Holtz Leather Co.

This Alabama-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in handmade leather goods. Find this <a href="https://amzn.to/2NHHonC" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:personalized fine leather mouse pad" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> personalized fine leather mouse pad</a> for $24.
This Alabama-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in handmade leather goods. Find this personalized fine leather mouse pad for $24.

The Sinclair Company

This Georgia-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in engraved wooden kitchen items. Find this <a href="https://amzn.to/2AfMmoL" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:personalized wooden spoon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">personalized wooden spoon</a> for $25.
This Georgia-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in engraved wooden kitchen items. Find this personalized wooden spoon for $25.

Oh Little Rabbit

This Oregon-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in screen-printed home goods. Find this <a href="https://amzn.to/2VxkW5b" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:organic baby peace sign onesie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">organic baby peace sign onesie</a> for $26.
This Oregon-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in screen-printed home goods. Find this organic baby peace sign onesie for $26.

All Barn Wood

This Utah-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in reclaimed barn wood art. Find this <a href="https://amzn.to/31uncxW" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:personalized wooden coat rack with metal hooks" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">personalized wooden coat rack with metal hooks</a> for $60.
This Utah-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in reclaimed barn wood art. Find this personalized wooden coat rack with metal hooks for $60.

Kaya Soaps

This Indiana-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in chemical-free skin care and spa products. Find this <a href="https://amzn.to/31unVPG" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:natural handmade bath and body gift set" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">natural handmade bath and body gift set</a> for $23.
This Indiana-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in chemical-free skin care and spa products. Find this natural handmade bath and body gift set for $23.

Schafer Art Studio

This Oregon-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in wooden signs, leather journals and watercolors. Find this <a href="https://amzn.to/2VuXNQE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:personalized family name sign" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">personalized family name sign</a> for $60.
This Oregon-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in wooden signs, leather journals and watercolors. Find this personalized family name sign for $60.

Manzanita Kids

This Washington-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in handcrafted wooden toys. Find these <a href="https://amzn.to/2BL3suZ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:natural wood blocks" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">natural wood blocks</a> for $23.
This Washington-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in handcrafted wooden toys. Find these natural wood blocks for $23.

Old Whaling Company

This South Carolina-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in sea-inspired bath and body products. Find this <a href="https://amzn.to/2Vt5RRY" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:body butter set" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">body butter set</a> for $60.
This South Carolina-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in sea-inspired bath and body products. Find this body butter set for $60.

Adorn 512

This Illinois-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in dainty handcrafted jewelry. Find this <a href="https://amzn.to/2CU57Pt" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:gold geometric ring" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">gold geometric ring</a> for $64.
This Illinois-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in dainty handcrafted jewelry. Find this gold geometric ring for $64.

Honeycomb Studio

This Georgia-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in handcrafted porcelain home decor. Find these <a href="https://amzn.to/31unVPG" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:white and gold porcelain bud vases" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">white and gold porcelain bud vases</a> for $40.
This Georgia-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in handcrafted porcelain home decor. Find these white and gold porcelain bud vases for $40.

Shamarwyn: Natural Beauty & Alchemy

This Texas-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in organic skin and hair products. Find this <a href="https://amzn.to/3dGXLvj" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:honeysuckle perfume oil" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">honeysuckle perfume oil</a> for $18.
This Texas-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in organic skin and hair products. Find this honeysuckle perfume oil for $18.

Curio Press

This Montana-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in paper goods and stationery. Find this <a href="https://amzn.to/31tSGUA" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:personalized modern stationery" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">personalized modern stationery</a> for $17 on Amazon Handmade.
This Montana-based Amazon Handmade shop specializes in paper goods and stationery. Find this personalized modern stationery for $17 on Amazon Handmade.

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