Category: Clothes & Shoes

Shop Small Day 235: Thoughts on Target

When was the last time you went into Target and only bought the 1 item that you needed? Before this year I hadn’t either! I know.  Target is the antithisis of a small business. If you remember way back from Day 1, contact solution is an “exception” since I’m one of the few people left in the... Read more »

Shop Small Day 234: September Updates

Wow! Almost 10 months into this challenge of shopping small. Although I’m not ready to even think about Christmas and cold weather, I am looking forward to buying holiday gifts from some of the amazing stores I have found throughout the year. Not to mention new ones that I’ve heard are opening soon. There are... Read more »

Shop Small Day 225: En Vogue Boutique

Who’s ready for a little retail therapy?! There’s a new consignment shop in town. Remember a while ago when I introduced you to Posh Style: Fashion & Decor Boutique? Her sister just opened her own place…En Vogue! I think it may be dangerous that this one is so close to my house. En Vogue Boutique... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 219: Glik's

It’s great finding a small shop you love while on vacation. It’s even better when they have an online store so you can keep shopping with them once you’re back home. I also love that this small business is making it big time! Welcome to Glik’s. Providing staples and trends since 1897, Glik’s is still... Read more »

Shop Small Day 212: City Soles

I’ve said it a thousand times before. Shoe designers listen up!  Someone is missing a HUGE market. By the time my daughter reached 6th grade she wore the same size shoe as me; now in 7th, she’s a size bigger. Good luck finding quality women’s size shoes that are appropriate for twelve year old girls.... Read more »

Shop Small Day 195: Nest Vintage Modern

A few weeks ago my friend was out shopping and texted me “You HAVE to come to this store!” Since then, I’ve tried twice. Once it was just past closing time, the other time I was about an hour too early. I think the universe it actually trying to protect my wallet, it may be... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 192: Fuschia

Who says it’s impossible to shop adorable boutiques without spending a fortune? You just need to know when to shop. And, this weekend’s Glen Ellyn Sidewalk Sales are the perfect time hit Fuschia. I’ve always been drawn to boutiques because, generally, lesser known brands often mean higher quality. Since I don’t shop often, I don’t... Read more »

Day 140: Windward Boardshop

In 1982, Lester Zewlewski opened Windward Sports, a store dedicated to windsurfing and sailboarding. He was betting that his knowledge and experience (along with great customer service) would help propel enthusiasm for the sports. His gamble paid off. Over the next thirty years the store grew to include snowboarding, skateboarding, in-line skating, as well as... Read more »

Day 129: Room 363

I cannot believe this store has been open since August and I just found it yesterday. Although, I can almost understand why no one told me earlier, I sort of want to keep it to myself too. I know when I find a store whose entrance looks like this, I am home! Believe it or... Read more »
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Shop Small Day 95: Me Tu Boutique

UPDATE (9-28-13) Me Tu is now under new ownership and a new name, Me Tu Boutique Bella. They are no longer affiliated with the Morris location. Same trendy concept, more affordable prices! Sometime during the span of having my kids, jeans went from a $40 off the Gap rack staple to a $198 investment. I’m... Read more »