Shop Birmingham–And a Giveaway!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge proponent of shopping and dining locally.

Alabama has an unbelievable wealth of local merchants, artisans, and restaurants, and the more we support these businesses, the more of our money stays in Alabama and makes it an even better place to live.

I do better dining locally than I do shopping locally, because let’s face it: I have two kids in tow.  Amazon is, on most days, a lot more pragmatic.

However, I’ve found a site that can help me shop locally while being able to shop from my computer – how awesome is that??

Shop Birmingham offers online shopping from many local stores – browsing their online marketplace is so exciting, especially for gift giving!

And, speaking of convenient online shopping, you can buy gift certificates for many local stores online – a great way to support the local economy when you’re running late on buying a present!

But Shop Birmingham is so much more than just that.  They are a resource featuring menus, gift certificates, products, services, and general contact information for many local businesses in the Birmingham metro area.

Also, it’s a great opportunity for local merchants. At no charge whatsoever, they can list their business information and up to five items for sale in the online shop. It’s a great way to get recognized as a local business, and to be able to easily offer online ordering! They also offer more in depth services for a fee, so they can get as much value as they desire out of the site.

But if you’re not in Birmingham, don’t despair! Shop Birmingham is expanding rapidly. They currently have two more sister sites, Shop Mountain Brook and Shop Homewood, and are planning on expanding throughout the state!  Keep your eyes out for a a site near you in the future.

Now for the giveaway part: Shop Birmingham gave me five awesome T-Shirts to give away to you!


AND, as a bonus, the five winners will be put into a drawing to possibly win two tickets to a show at the Alys Stephens Center!

Now – back to the shirts.  They are a great way to remind people of the value of shopping locally – and they’re awesome looking shirts, too. They sell on Shop Birmingham for $20 each, and they wear very nicely – I’ve been enjoying one myself the last few weeks.

AND if you’re not from Birmingham, feel free to still enter!! You can have a souvenir from your favorite blogger’s (ahem) hometown.

I have the following colors/sizes to give away to five of you:

3 Grey Larges
1 Brown Large
1 Brown Medium


If you would like to win one, just comment on this post and tell me which shirt you’d like to have.  But hurry!! This giveaway is only open until Monday, October 31st.

If you’d like extra entries into this giveaway, you can get up to four of them by:

(be sure to leave separate comments for your extra entries.)

Again, this giveaway is only open until Monday, October 31st. The winner will be randomly selected and posted on my giveaway winners page on Tuesday, November 1st.

Good luck!!

Disclaimer:  I was not compensated to write this post.  Shopping locally is an awesome thing to do no matter where you live.  Try it, you’ll like it.

Leave your comment below!


  1. What a coincidence, my favorite blogger *is* from Birmingham! :) I’d love the brown medium shirt! Thanks Rachel! (And I follow you on Twitter and Facebook!)

  2. I love your blog and the idea of shopping locally! I’d like a grey large–pick me! pick me! Is Shop Vestavia on the way too?

  3. Hey, mine too! All kinds of coincidences today! I’d love a Birmingham shirt :) The brown large would be nice…

  4. And I follow your blog…

  5. And facebook. :)

  6. Laura Gallitz says:

    I’d like the brown large.

  7. Kitty Engle says:

    I would like a Medium. At least I am from Birmingham.

  8. Laura Gallitz says:

    I like the Cageless Dog Boarding from Dog Days in the Local Marketplace on Shop Birmingham.

  9. Large gray.

  10. I follow you…in a non creepy sort of way :)

  11. And I am a Facebook fan

  12. I would choose the large brown.

  13. I follow your blog on GFC

  14. I follow you on Facebook

  15. I’d like the brown medium, though I’d really take any of them, since my husband would wear a size large (and he loves free shirts, especially when they have no significance to him whatsoever, like shirts from races that his sister has participated in).

  16. Love your blog.
    Would love a large gray shirt.

  17. I subscribe to your blog, because your writing is hilarious. And I like seeing what I have to look forward to, since I have a 2-month old baby. :)

    • Aw, thanks!!! Yes, they get to be MUCH more fun in the later months – at least in my opinion!! I start having “fun” with babies around 5 or 6 months old. But at two months, they’re so adorably tiny and cuddly!! I hope yours is doing well!!

  18. I’d love a medium shirt, whatever color is fine!

  19. I’m a FB fan

  20. I really, really want the Lego Harry Potter Knight Bus for Christmas. Just for me.

    • My husband wants one of those, too!! He’s definitely been eyeing it. He chose Hagrid’s Hut for his birthday instead, but the Bus was a close second!

  21. Brown medium pleeze! :)

  22. This California gal would love to wear a souvenir of your hometown…medium brown please!

  23. Wonderful giveaway! Brown Medium

  24. Representing Chelsea, AL=)
    I’d love one of the Large Grey Tees!
    Thanks a bunch!

  25. Following you via twitter as Luvdaylilies

  26. I really like the Dickens Train Village Snowglobe at Lamb’s Ears, LTD.!

  27. I cannot thank Rachel enough for mentioning our sites! Hope y’all get a chance to check it out. (And don’t enter me for a shirt — I gots mine!)

    Wade Kwon

  28. Elizabeth says:

    I would want the brown medium :)

  29. Elizabeth says:

    I want the houndstooth coat! SO cute!

  30. Elizabeth says:

    I follow your blog

  31. Megan Scott says:

    Love the brown medium! :) Plus we will be in Bham area in a couple of weeks for a gymnastics meet! :)

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