You know what’s overrated? Amazon. I mean, I also enjoy 2-day shipping and not having to speak to anyone, but there’s a better way to shop for gifts, homegoods, skin care, so many awesome products. In addition, you have the opportunity to meet someone new. And, I promise you, the phrase, “you never know who you’re going to meet,” will always hold true. So let’s go shopping!
This post highlights one of Auburn’s newest shops: The Local Market. The Local Market is a hub for Alabama makers to sell and display their products. It’s full of goods from hand-dyed pillows (featured here!) to handmade cards to events like calligraphy classes that include wine… need I say more? I had the pleasure of meeting its fantastically energetic founder and artist, Lauren Duncan.
I believe in building a strong local and state economy and one of the best ways to do so is purchasing goods made and sold in our state. No only is it an economic boost, it’s a community boost by creating a space for town members to meet local artists and new friends. I am also obsessed with giving gifts that have meaning. What is more meaningful than a buyer/seller closing gift that was made IN Auburn?
Here are just a few products I purchased for my client’s closing baskets and gifts in general.
First of all, thank you cards. The art of handwritten notes is timeless.
TOOMERS TREES: Original artwork by Betty Carroll who makes these in Auburn. These cards are thick and glossy. $15
BUTTERFLY: Printed by Viv-Vah-Chey designs exclusively for laurenjohnstonduncan.com (the owner). My favorite part about this card is the verse on the back, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17. She and I have the same love for butterflies. $10
SWEET HOME AUBURN: Kitty Kat Kards || Haint Blue Collective $10
Gift Bundles: Pillows, coasters, candles, wine, honey, t-shirts.
HAND-DYED INDIGO PILLOWS: River James Art. I totally kept these for myself. $32 each. Made in Auburn.
“MADE HERE Y’ALL” LEATHER COASTERS: I actually don’t have the tags! Whoops! They’re sold at The Local Market though! $24 for four.
HAND-POURED CANDLES & HONEY: Hornsby Farms. Smells sooooo good like oak and southern sweetness. They also sell these amazing pickles, jams and all sorts of yummies. You can find them at The Market at Ag Heritage Park. CANDLES: $20 each for large, $12 each for 6 oz. HONEY: $3 each for small.
WINE: You have to go to Ampersand in Factory South. Like, go tonight. I could drink this bottle for dinner. I’ll definitely write a post about this spot as it’s similar to The Local Market! $22
T-SHIRT: It really is “Sweet Home Auburn” whether you just moved here or been a resident for years. Our Village is remarkable. $15 made by The Local Market.