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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Little Box, Big Tree

This year, we have vowed to spend more of our Christmas dollars at small local shops.
Over 200 local Portland merchants have joined forces, with the Little Boxes campaign.
To kick off the holiday weekend you picked up a game card from one of the merchants. Then, you visited as many of the shops listed as you wished and got your game card stamped with each purchase.

Each shop also had a raffle and the more stamps you got on your card, the more discounts you received!
Once you were all shopped out on Saturday, you turned in your card at the last store visited, for chances to win grand prizes, like a trip to Hawaii!

You could also play along on your smart phone!

We had a relaxing and fun shopping experience. We found lots of eclectic, personal and fun gifts and discovered some new little shops.
Do you have some favorite small / local stores you like to shop during the Holidays?

We also cut our Christmas tree. 
Mom says it has to stay in the barn overnight, because it is wet. 

She said I should stay out there with the tree, because I am wet too.....



  1. Good ideas. Yesterday was local business day here. Whooa!

  2. Fun way to shop, and support the little guys. But, we hope your parents don't win a trip to Hawaii--we hope they win something they can enjoy with you!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  3. What a neat way to encourage local shopping. Hopefully you will win something really fun. Wyatt, next time they tell you to spend the night in the barn you can come to my house.

  4. That looks like a huge tree! We can't wait to see it in your house.

    Millie & Walter

  5. We too have managed this year to do our shopping locally. Great minds think alike.
    Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. Aww, I'm sure mum wouldn't want you left in the barn...she is only joking Wyatt, isn't she?! lol :)

  7. We can totally picture you and Stanzie jetting off to Hawaii for the holidays! We hope you win!

    Love ay lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  8. What a great idea for supporting local businesses. Hope you dried off so you can rest up and help decorate the tree Wyatt!

  9. that is a brilliant idea - supporting small businesses is so important and that makes it a fun way to do it too

  10. Sounds like a great way to shop! Your tree is pawsome, can't wait to see it decorated
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  11. That's a super tree! We have only the ole ugly Jim, every year

  12. That sounds like a great idea. If one has to go shopping at all, then the little local ones are definitely the best!

  13. We do lots of business with local services, resturaunts, and produce suppliers when they are in season. However, there aren't that many local shops here anymore that sell gift type items. Last year I had to do jury duty in one of my favorite small town shopping locales and was so disappointed that so many of the amazing retail shops were gone!!!! I had promised myself the reward of shopping after a hard days work of sitting on hard benches being told I wasn't needed.

    I'd love to participate in something like this, but I think we'd have to go to another area to try it.

  14. That sounds like a fun idea! Our tree went up today. It was never wet. Mom calls it plastic.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  15. What an awesome idea!!! Our town does something similar. Your mom is very funny telling you to stay by the tree! BOL! Hopefully we will get to doing some decorating this week. xo Chloe and LadyBug

  16. What a wonderful idea. We try to do that too - the town I grew up never seems to have business that last long, but we always try to keep them going.

    Monty and Harlow