Remembering the Beauty of Shopping Local

Evenflo Sibby Stroller

“My prediction. [Our] mall has only 2-3 years left on this earth. I’m being generous.” That’s what a the Facebook status of a friend read last month, and it generated quite the discussion. Most people were shocked and disagreed. Those people apparently hadn’t heard the stories in the news lately that malls all over the nation have been closing up shop for good, leaving vacant, ghostly shopping centers in their wake. Some people aren’t surprised by the decline of American malls. Online shopping is at an all time high, but more than that, people seem to gravitate towards a more boutique experience at specialty stores run by cheerful (and helpful) small business owners. Are all malls doomed? Certainly not. But the way we shop is definitely shifting, and as I considered my own reclusive shopping habits, I felt a bit sheepish, and, well… guilty.

The friend who made the provocative prediction for our mall owns a local boutique here in North Canton, Ohio, and has experienced success in the few years her shop has been running. It made me think… do I care so much if the mall closes down? Nah. Maybe a little. For nostalgic reasons, and local economic implications. But what about small businesses like hers? I had been hoping for years that a vintage clothing shop would open locally, and BAM, now we actually have some really great ones! But here I am scouring Etsy and British retailers (ahem, ASOS) instead of heading in to support my neighbors— and heck, getting out of this house once in a while!

Colette's Vintage, Canton, Ohio

Colette's Vintage, Canton, Ohio
Colette's Vintage, Canton, Ohio

Colette's Vintage, Canton, Ohio

Part of the reason I neglect shopping outside of the home is because of the cold, blistery winters in Ohio. I’d much rather snuggle up with a blanket, a hot cup of coffee, and slowly click through pages of clothing, rather than bundle up myself, and my children, making the trek into the elements with sneezing, coughing children who don’t always listen and behave. Considering the aforementioned struggle, online shopping seems much more appealing, doesn’t it? I can cut right through to the shops stocked with clothes that suit my taste, and use search engines to find specific sizes and styles of vintage. Then I can make wish lists and carefully consider how to allocate every dollar. Sounds pretty ideal? But then I decided to just bite the bullet and get out of the darn house and go shop locally at the shops that would break my heart should they ever close down. And it made me remember. 

I remembered why I love getting out and visiting local shops! For the same reason I loved mall shopping back in the late ’90s. It was a fun experience. A bit of a treasure hunt. A delightful time with friends, considering what discoveries we might take home with us that very moment, with no wait for the postal delivery person. And knowing that dollar goes towards the friendly faces of the local shop owner, the local shopgirl, and the local coffee shop, where those shop girls might go on their break. It just all feels right. Almost like a good deed. And any time I can turn a shopping experience into a good deed, it makes it, dare I say, a fulfilling experience! More than just a consumeristic transaction.

So what about you guys? Do you have any local shops you haven’t been to in a while, or maybe haven’t been to at all? If you have been planning to buy something new, I encourage you to get out of the house and see what you can find somewhere local, rather than resorting to the convenience of online shopping. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find a deal!

Colette's Vintage, Canton, Ohio

Evenflo Sibby Stroller

This post (and my shopping experience!) was made possible by Evenflo, who let us try out their new Sibby travel system. I have been wishing for a stroller in a nice, classic design. Like a little black dress, only… a stroller. We love the classic design of the Sibby stroller, and Lucy really gets a kick out of riding along on the back. It’s more compact that a double stroller, which makes it perfect for taking on our shopping excursions. Thanks, Evenflo! (All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.)

Also, thanks to Colette’s Vintage— the best vintage shop in the Canton/Akron area— for staying open late and being so gracious with my children. We found some treasures that I love, and to my surprise, Lucy loves as well! She asked to try everyone on as soon as we got home, and then asked if she could wear her new dress to bed. Follow Colette’s on Instagram and Facebook to peep their latest oldie goodies!

Evenflo Sibby Stroller


Vintage Pop-Up Sale!

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I just wanted to pop in and let you know about a sale I have going on over at my closet sale shop, which also includes a variety of sizes of vintage from my friend Allie’s collection as well. Sizes and styles for everyone! We have more stuff to add, but I’d like to see some of what’s there go to happy homes before we offer up more of our beloved babies.

Check out all of these things and more over at the shop!vintage closet sale

MANDI’S MOST WANTED: Modern Classics

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Over the past couple of years (or, actually, since I first experienced motherhood), my every day fashion choices have become much simpler. These days I gravitate towards neutrals and classic looks that are rooted in vintage style, but feel fresh and quite at home with my modern lifestyle. My style icons have expanded beyond vintage film and magazines to chic women my age I’ve found on Instagram. I thought I’d share a few of them with you, as well as my favorite pieces I’ve been working on adding to my own wardrobe. Click the links below to shop!

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Who are your favorite Instagrammers to follow for fashion inspiration? I’d love to find new favorites, and hope these ladies below will give you some fresh inspiration as well!

Elora Joshi @eloraaaaaElora Joshi @eloraaaaa

Elora (@eloraaaaa) is my most recent Instagram fashion crush. She does minimalism so well! I love seeing how she mixes up just a few pieces to create new elegant outfits every day. Her feed inspires me to cut down my wardrobe to just several things I love to wear, all of which coordinate so well together. Plus— those orange pants from last year (Zara) caused my to stalk the internet until I finally found a pair in my size! I might have a problem. (BUT— ORANGE PANTS!) You can also find her eye for fashion put to use with the brand she co-created: Still. — a collection of ethically sourced minimalist pieces made in LA.

Haley Boyd @haleboydHaley Boyd @haleboyd

Haley (@haleboyd) is the creative director behind the classic minimalist shoe brand Marais USA. She excudes Grace Kelly charm with her wavy blond bob and her penchant for fifties-inspired separates. She does the off-the-shoulders-ruffle like no one I’ve ever seen, but mostly I’m inspired by the way she masterfully mixes a wardrobe of mostly neutral classics in a way that feels fresh and incredibly chic.

Haley Boyd @haleboyd

Courtney Halverson @prettylittlefawnCourtney Halverson @prettylittlefawn

I found Courtney (@prettylittlefawn) a couple of years ago, and didn’t think twice before immediately giving her a follow. What struck me first about Courtney was her unique beauty, but also her clear commitment to vintage-inspired denim looks. Her wardrobe is mostly neutral with lots of ’70s inspired high waisted jeans and logo tees. In addition to fashion blogging, Courtney is an up-and-coming actress, though her lifestyle and wardrobe feels completely accessible and inspires me to take adopt more casual vibe in my own sartorial choices.

Courtney Halverson @prettylittlefawn

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