The first WFMW of the month is often a themed one, and this time Shannon has asked for our favorite online shops.
I love online shopping! I probably did at least half of my Christmas shopping online.
Probably everyone knows about Amazon.com. I buy a lot of books and DVDs there, and I’ve rejoiced to find used out-of-print books there, too. But I have also bought a tent and toys and I don’t know what all else.
I buy many Christian books at my local Christian bookstore — I do want to support the local economy — but what I can’t find there I look for at Christianbook.com. I’ve also bought some nice plaques there.
If you love crafts, the place to go is Etsy, where individual crafters sell their handmade items in a wide variety of categories.
I buy most of my clothes online through Woman Within (formerly the Lane Bryant catalog), Roaman’s, Just My Size, and Jessica London (all of those are plus-size stores) as well as Blair and Bedford Fair. I also occasionally buy clothes at Coldwater Creek and Silhouettes, but generally they are beyond what I like to spend. Many department stores also have online shops.
Here is a listing of other frequented places:
Current: stationery, gifts.
Oriental Trading Company: Birthday party items, also good for classrooms and VBS.
ThinkGeek: all sorts of nerdy t-shirts and gadgets like USB “toys” (like this rocket launcher).
Fabric.com: I found the Waverly fabric I wanted for my family room curtains for less, plus I found the perfect shade, which local stores didn’t carry. For many, if not all, of their fabrics, you can order a swatch first to see how you like it.
Terry’s Village: cute home decor stuff.
Lillian Vernon: I’ve bought storage-related things that that I couldn’t find locally, but they have gift items, home decor, toys, personalized items, and a number of other things.
Domestications: sheets, bedspreads and comforters, table linens.
Nanalulu’s Linen Closet: Beautiful tables linens and handkerchiefs.
Graphics for my blog or ladies’ ministry newsletter: CLM Graphics and Graphic Garden (both of these sites do have a few free graphic downloads as well).
That’s all I can think of for the moment! I did want to add, though, that many of these stores can be reached through Igive.com, which is an organization that coordinates charitable giving with shopping: a portion of each sale goes to the charity of your choice. I try to remember to start any online shopping there (they have an a-z listing of the stores who work with them as well as a “mall” where you can peruse by the type of shop you are looking for). If you don’t have a charity of choice that you support, may I suggest the Transverse Myelitis Association.
Check our more of the best of online shopping at Rocks In My Dryer.