By Jennifer Belgard
Shopping can be a wonderful experience, but for many, it’s the REAL nightmare before Christmas. The traffic, humdrum selection of gifts, mobs of people shoving each other about. The mall. Yikes! It hurts my head just thinking about it. There is another way. We can have fun shopping, help out our independently owned shops, and give some really kick ass gifts without depleting our bank accounts or losing our minds!
Little 5 Points is often thought of for Halloween and… uh, people-watching. It should be one of the first places you think of for your holiday list. Wax N Facts, Coyote Trading, Stratosphere Skateboards, Stefan’s Vintage, Rene Rene, Cherry Bomb… there are so many reasons to shop here year-round.
Junkman’s Daughter is known far and wide as the Alternative Super Store. Shoes, clothes, and accessories from Lip Service, Bettie Page Clothing, Too Fast and many others. My friend, Kool Kat Barb Hays of Blast-Off Burlesque, gave me the highlights of the season.
What’s on Barb’s Wishlist? Yummy Tofu Soft Tacos from El Myr.
Next, Barb and I headed over to Criminal Records. Criminal is home to more records, CDs, comics, toys, tees and art than you can imagine. Right now they are host to the Indie Craft Experience’s Pop Up Shop through December 24. Inside the Pop Up Shop you’ll find truly one of a kind gifts for everyone on your list.
Messenger Bags featuring Crypto Zoo, Zombie Woodland Creatures, Killer Unicorns, and Sugar Skulls by Third Half Studios. They also make double-sided necklaces (I especially love Gamera) and Sugar Skull Aprons. Prices start at $25.00
I ended this trip at my very own little shop of curios, Libertine - a small, but fully stocked shop known for corsets, wigs, and makeup. But, wait! There’s more. Indie designers like: Wanderlust, SweetHeartSinner, Pop Art by Zteven, as well as brands like Special Effects, Tokyo Milk and Living Dead Souls. My partner in crime, Tim Scott, showed me a few of his favorite things.
Happiness Head To Toe. A 10-piece kit including: clementine-scented shampoo, conditioner, shower creme and body lotion, sugar scrub, lip scrub and lip butter. A facial scrub, facial cleanser and facial moisturizer by Love & Toast, $24.00.
Wristlets, wallets, totes, messenger bags and backpacks featuring critters like deer, whales, hummingbirds, foxes and the oh-so-popular, Youtube favorite, otters holding hands. All by Bungalow 360, $12.00-$48.00.
Me? I’m headed down to the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club for a cup of Boozy Hot Cocoa. I managed to whittle my shopping list down quite a bit, but there’s more shopping to do. Next week I’ll hit the shops in Avondale with Astrid Lyons and a few of other friends. I hear talk of beer growlers and sausage. Gotta love the holidays!!!
Jennifer Belgard is Co-Conspirator at Libertine, Curator of Curios at Diamond*Star*Halo, Barkeep at Euclid Avenue Yacht Club, and Co-Coordinator of Chaos for the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade & Festival. In her spare time she enjoys Turnin’ TriXXX.