Small Business Saturday {Shop Local}

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One of my fondest fall memories is going out on Saturdays to craft shows with my mom. There was something about the cold, crisp air and being bundled in jackets while waiting in line for hot cocoa once a month with just Mom and I.

I still go out with her, but as an adult I don't take it for granted. I cherish these moments with my mom where we still get to spend time together. I'm also grateful for her exposing me to shopping local early on in my life.

I love to support small businesses within my community where I can shop local and help hardworking people.

This past Saturday, my mom and I attended the Rancocas Woods Craft Show. It's not all just country home decor either anymore - more and more small businesses are joining in! There's sign makers for your bar or man cave, homemade soaps, lotions and salves, organic teas, collectible baby dolls and tons of antiques! 

This shop was called Rabbity Goods and they offered jewelry, organic teas and handmade goods like healing salves, oils, aromatherapy sprays, cleansers, toners, bath salts and smudge sticks. I picked up their Plantain & Jewelweed Salve with Rosemary, which is an amazing hand salve as well as good for bites, stings and rashes. 

Their Crimson tea was yummy and brewed cold. They offer one to two ounces of their tea, as well as a gift box with four tea samplings!

I didn't get to talk to the shop's owner of Sensations by Sophia, but I was definitely intrigued by the products they offered! They had sugar scrubs, body butters, lip balms, lip scrubs and lotions. Catch them at their next event at Joseph J. Catena Elementary School Craft Show on December 16th in Freehold! 

This is one of my mom's favorite stores to hit for unique finds and antiques! You've really got to have a keen eye while browsing at this place, or you could miss a great buy! 

This French bookcase was one of my favorite pieces during our last visit. I wanted to take it home so bad, and if I had had the room I would have! 

Along with handmade goods, Craft Coleidescope also sells antiques. These hidden gems are scattered upstairs and down in the basement, so keep an eye out. This 1940's rotary phone is a piece of history! 

We always end our visit to the craft show at the Co-Op, where you can find more handmade crafts but also hot and barbecue sauces, jewelry, homemade soaps and lotions, painted signs and more. 

If you get the chance to go to the Co-Op, the back room is home to these homemade lotions, body butters, scrubs, and bath bombs. You must try the lemon sugar body butter. The scent is subtle and so moisturizing. The little jars are $6 and make great stocking stuffers or a great addition to throw in your bag so you can keep your hands soft while out and about {especially in this cold weather}. 

Grab some of these cute cupcake bath bombs too! They come in different scents and colors and you can get 3 for $10!

These lighted bottles are fantastic pieces to add to your home! They come in a variety of wine, beer, and liquor bottles and are upcycled to create these decorated accent lamps. There are dozens of options to choose from. 

My last find was upstairs in their antiques attic. I love globes and have been looking for a black one that matches my room, and I stumbled upon this on my way out! I love the added height and tilt on it and found the perfect place for it on my nightstand where I can still keep some trinkets underneath of it. It was only $8!

Come out to the last craft show of the year on December 16th to pick up last minute Christmas gifts and to shop local and support small businesses! 

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