Shop Local: Direct Sales Style

I have a confession to make. I could not care less about getting a good deal.


I said it.

And all the Dave Ramsey graduates and the coupon clipping, penny-pinching champions just shrieked in disgust.

It’s okay. I don’t take the heaping mounds of money shaming personal. My issue is, I just want to walk in, see what I want on display or on a mannequin, grab it and proceed to the nearest checkout. If it happens to be on sale, fabulous, but if not, I’m not deterred in purchasing it.

Online shopping was made for someone like me. I set my finance filters to my pre-approved limits and I’m not tempted with something beyond my means. Plus, there’s usually a coupon to be found somewhere on the interwebs and I can shop in my pajamas. #winning

As you’re well aware, within the last few years, this new phenomenon of “Shop Local Saturday” or “Small Business Saturday” has emerged encouraging all of us and our pocket books to support our local economy. I love the idea and do my part, but often times, you pay a premium to shop local and you still have to get out.

Enter: Direct Sales.

Direct Sales combines the ease of online shopping with the heart behind shopping local. When you buy from a direct distributor, you’re telling a mother you support her decision to stay home and provide for her family; you’re acknowledging a woman’s bravery for bearing her story to the world; you’re supporting a hobby that a girl does for fun; you’re eliminating mounds of school, credit card, or just life in general debt; you’re reminding the grade school math failure that she can be an entrepreneur and run her own company.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “is there REALLY anything worth buying as a gift from a direct distributor?”

 I’m glad you asked.  

Just off the top of my head there’s more than a dozen companies that sell their products via direct distributor and all of whom have something I legitimately want for Christmas. 



Skincare. No one seems to care about it until it’s too late. PSA: reversing is harder than preventing. Good news for you, Arbonne is one of the leaders in the skincare industry and has some of the most affordable gift sets to get you started. 


I know you don’t want to acknowledge it, but January is coming. The holidays will be over and  attempt 97 at establishing a work out routine will take up residence on your to-do list. Perhaps shake it up and check out a Beachbody workout or Shakeology . You never know, you might actually like it. It also comes with an actual coach, which is cheaper than a personal trainer. 


If you’ve gone a little crazy over the holidays, or you’re a carb-a-holic like myself, grab a 4 pack of wraps and get your slim on. I’ve also heard wonders about their Confianza supplement that helps with focus and fatigue and stress. And all the mamas said, Amen.

Juice Plus

Do you remember those photos of fruit from the Harry & David catalog that looked absolutely delectable? No? Google it. I recall they looked like the most perfect fruit my eight year old eyes had ever seen.  Juice Plus is basically the everyday version of Harry & David. It’s 32 fruits and veggies in 6 capsules you take everyday. You get a 4 month supply of fruits and veggies in capsule or chewable form, and the company believes so strongly in the power of food that children 4-18 get the product free with every adult who purchases. Go ahead guys, break out your pocket books. There’s not a mama alive who would turn down the chance to give her children 32 fruits and veggies everyday…


One word: Leggings. They feel like butter. And, they’re only $25. Go get some for everyone you know. And yourself….in 6 colors. 


I know it may seem strange, but the gift of health cannot ever be overstated. Plexus has one of the best probiotics on the market and at a competitive price point, is worth investing in over your local health food store. Don’t want to give it as a gift? That’s the beauty behind the stocking stuffer!!

Keep Collective

When you think of Keep Collective, consider it the charm bracelet of the 21st century. You pick your band and add charms to it depending on your day/personality. Keep Collective is such a unique and personal gift and shows you went above and beyond in just getting something off the shelf. Channel your inner artist and create one (and if you’re like me and artistically challenged, the designer is pretty good at assisting). 

Rodan Fields

I’ve not tried this lash boost explosion, but oh-em-gee! Have you seen the before and afters? It’s crazy. R+F has a fabulous reputation and i’m finding anything it produces is gold in a bottle. Any gift from here would not disappoint!


Is there anything in the world better than making your house smell like bread or dessert and actually having baked nothing? I think not. My brother once told me, “you always said you wanted to make sure your home smelled inviting and since you’ve become an adult, your house always smells good.” Thank you. I owe this accomplishment to scented wax that I place in my ceramic plug in. 


All day lipstick. Say, WHAT?! Yes, you read that right. Lipstick that stays on for up to 18 hours. They have dozens of colors and hundreds of color combinations to make even more colors, and the cost for a collection (color, gloss and error corrector)  is right at that $50 sweet spot. Gift for mom, sister, and best friend? Check!


Wear Sseko, send a girl to college. That’s the Sseko slogan, and I’m not sure there could be a better reason to buy from this company. They sell footwear and leather goods of all kinds–specifically, this caramel and crocodile tote that speaks my love language. 

These companies are just to get you started. There’s also Jamberry, Usborne, 31 Bags, Limu, Noonday, and the list goes on and on. As you start or finalize your your gifts this year remember, shop local. You will never know just how valuable your investment will be beyond a purchase price. 

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5 Responses to Shop Local: Direct Sales Style

  1. Ashley Goodyear November 29, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    Love it! A lot of good ideas! But yes I am one of the Dave Ramsey graduates that gasped when I first started reading. HOWEVER I must admit that I used to be the exact same way!! ? Good read! Thank you Adrienne!

    • Adrienne Woods
      Adrienne Woods November 29, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

      I’m not nearly as bad as I used to be. I do try and shop only when they’re having a sale, but in the long line of priorities, I’ll choose convenience over waiting for a deal….baby steps!! Admittance is step 1……

  2. LaDonna November 29, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    Great article! I love several of these companies! I just wanted to say, as the owner of a brick and mortar boutique, you still get to help pay for college, help provide for a family and pay for dance lessons ect. for shop owners. We sometimes hear how customers can pay less online but like to have personal service, someone who knows their face and to be able to touch and feel an item. That premium price pays rent, employees, utilities, insurance ect.
    I think both have great qualities and I thank you for encouraging people to shop local either way!

    • Adrienne Woods
      Adrienne Woods November 29, 2016 at 9:53 pm #

      Absolutely!! One thousand percent!! I agree with the personal service. It bugs my saver of a husband, but I much prefer to shop at boutiques (if I’m not doing it online) because I shop the same places and the people know me and often know my style! They likely make more off me because they’ll let me know when they have something they think i would like, when i otherwise wouldn’t have gone in to purchase. It’s a win-win all the way around!!

      We were also talking about Southern Style the other day–one of our favorite children’s boutiques!! You provide a small town level of personal service with a huge amount of inventory and big city brands!

  3. LaDonna December 2, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    That is so kind of you! We love you too!! We need to get a website up do you can shop in your PJs.
    Love you!