While consumers are encouraged to bust down store doors and camp outside on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is going on its 4th year of encouraging consumers to shop small instead.

As a small business owner, I understand that the holidays can make or break a small business. One bad month or one bad collection release can be devastating to a business with only one employee. In addition to my own Small Business Saturday sale, I wanted to take the opportunity to show my support for the small business owners that I know work their asses off to meet the needs of their customers this season. They are all offering special promotions in honor of the day giving an extra incentive to shop with them!

Most of these businesses are woman-owned; many of them make their items by hand; and for a few, the owners work another job in addition to running their business. I am inspired by the creativity, drive and passion exhibited by these store owners. I encourage you to consider skipping that new TV at Best Buy (do you really need another one?) and finding something dope from this list of small businesses instead.


1) Ready to Stare 

SHOP: www.etsy.com/shop/readytostare

Promotions: 30% Off  with the coupon code "SMALLBIZ14" 

Item to Watch: In honor of Small Business Saturday, I am releasing the "Dreamer Starter Kit" as a partnership with author Jonnita Condra. The package will feature an I Woke Up Like Dis shirt, a handmade ring that says "DOPE" and a copy of Jonnita Condra's book "Five Ways to Get Your Ideas Out of Your Head." The package retails for $55 and will be on sale for $45 for Small Business Saturday!

2) jenstyle chic vintage 

SHOP: https://www.etsy.com/shop/jenstylechicvintage

Promotions: Everything in the shop is already marked on sale 20% and Ready to Stare customers get an EXCLUSIVE discount -- an additional 15% off with the coupon code "READYTOSTARE" at checkout for a total of 35% off

Items to Watch: I'm lusting for this 80s batwing jacket, Victor Costa sculpted dress, and slouchy boots

3) Gleeful Peacock

SHOP: http://gleefulpeacock.com/

Promotions: 35% Off with the coupon code "GIVESMALL" and a free gift

Items to Watch: The glitter stud earrings are perfect for New Year's and the shirt that reads "She Designed the Life She Loved"  is perfect for your favorite female BOSS.

4) Gloss Rags 

SHOP: http://www.glossrags.com/shop/

Promotions: 15% Off with the coupon code "shopsmall"

Items to Watch: The "And Counting" tee is an absolute conscious raising necessity. Although many sizes are labeled as back-ordered, you can still order it ; shipping will take 1-2 weeks on anything labeled back-ordered. Shirts are available in sizes S-3XL.

5) Cat's Closet

SHOP: http://www.shopcatscloset.com/

Promotions:  40% Off All Holiday Items with the coupon code "HOLIDAY40"

Item to Watch: Cat is introducing her Life & Styling Coaching Sessions & releasing 20+ new thrifted Holiday items on Saturday

6) Ape N Bird 

SHOP: https://www.etsy.com/shop/apenbird

Promotions: 15% Off with the coupon code "15OFF"

Items to Watch: Every item is completely handmade -- I'm loving the skateboard bottle opener and the one-of-a-kind wool five-panel hat

7) Betwixt Baubles 

SHOP: https://www.etsy.com/shop/betwixtbaubles

Promotions: Free gift with every purchase

Items to Watch: Lava bead earrings are simple & chic



Location: 1343 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Hours: 12-7 p.m.

In-Store Promotions: Blair is hosting Curvy Plus #ShopSmall Event featuring items from Ready to Stare, Queen Snob, Cabiria, 2 B Continued Jeans and more. Shoppers will receive a free gift, light refreshments and great discounts.

9) Fashionable Addictions

Location: 22 S.Western Chicago,IL 60612

Hours: 11am-8pm

In-Store Promotions: Fashionable Addictions is offering Ready to Stare customers who mention this post, buy one, get one 25% off


10) Kitten Retro Glamour 

Location: 4624 N 7th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85013

Hours: 12-6 pm

Events: Kitten Retro Glamour is hosting the PinUp Pop Holiday Shopping Event featuring Ready to Stare retailer Vox Curvy Couture


11)  The Fly Curve Boutique

Location: 2609 Lemon Grove Ave. Lemon Grove, Ca 91945

Hours: 12-6 pm

In-Store Promotions: The Fly Curve Boutique is offering 30% Off both in-store and online with the code "flythanks"

 This post was originally published on November 27, 2014.