Getting ready to head out and do some more of my own holiday shopping. Writing orders with stores for the past few weeks and heading to sales meetings out-of-town mean that I am a little behind the 8-ball so to speak. But my daughter is knocking her list down in a quick stride. You know what I like about how she shops? – she looks at an item and finds its value based in how much the recipient will enjoy it, NOT how much the price tag says it’s worth. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.
We were out and about this morning for a performance that she had at a little gathering of independents at the Pelican Courtyard Fleamarket and we stumbled upon this great shop called Winnow just off of PCH in Newport Beach. It was full of artisan products, decor, ornaments, home accessories. There was so much cool stuff and while some was a little pricey, most was really reasonable. The selection of ornaments was fun – lots of hand crafted animals made from felt or other natural materials. Purchasing some of them benefited small charities worldwide. My daughter bought a variety of handmade soaps that she thought some of the ladies on her list would enjoy. There was a small corner of some great knit baby toys by Yellow Label Kids, a great line of products that are made from around the world. The focus of the line is to make sure that the individuals who craft the products are paid fair wages according to the Fair Trade standards, and that the products they create are environmentally sound. The topper is that the products are adorable.