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Best Places To Buy Homemade Gifts In Charlotte

May 29, 2012 6:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Village Emporium via Facebook

Photo Credit: Village Emporium via Facebook

Gift shopping for someone can be a difficult task, especially when you aren’t sure of what exactly to get. These local Charlotte shops will not only make the task easy, but also enjoyable. The owners and staff are very friendly, helpful and willing to go that extra mile to make sure that you have exactly what you are looking for. Instead of getting a gift that says, “here, I bought you something,” shop at a local homemade gift store and purchase something that truly shows your thoughtfulness and willingness to go the extra mile. After all, it’s these kinds of gifts that get the biggest smiles.
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Bead Me by Linda Minor
301 E. Tremont Ave Unit E
Charlotte NC 28203
(704) 332-9261
www.beadmeus.comIf you are looking for custom hand made jewelry, this is the place to go. Bead Me offers all kinds of jewelry, from pre-made to custom-made to made-by-you. Each and every piece is different and unique, offering precious stones, silver, copper and much more. You can also purchase art, handmade scarves and soap. Owner Linda Minor also offers jewelry classes, jewelry parties, and, if you are seeking to match a specific article of clothing to a piece of jewelry, she can do that as well. Her prices range anywhere from $20 to $500, depending on the stones and settings that you choose. When you make an earring purchase, the proceeds go to “A Child’s Place,” ensuring you’ll not only leave with a beautiful set of earrings, but also with the knowledge your purchase went to a good cause.

Related: Best Gift Shops in Charlotte

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The Last Word
Grand Promenade Shopping Center
230 E. WT Harris Blvd Ste B11
Charlotte, NC 28262
(704) 817-9416
www.thelastwordcharlotte.comIf you are shopping for someone who loves to read, collect books, play video games, or still grooves to vinyl records, The Last Word is the place to visit. They offer a wide variety of books, from non-fiction to classic to contemporary novels, audio books, vinyl records, DVDs and good-old VHS tapes. The Last Word not only sells merchandise, but they also buy back or allow you to trade in merchandise as well. The store has an awesome atmosphere that will allow you to browse comfortably and at a steady pace, so that you don’t overlook anything. For those who prefer shopping at a slower pace that offers a welcoming feeling to those large chain stores make sure to stop in to The Last Word.

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Village Lake Emporium
1615 Sardis Rd N #2B
Charlotte NC 28270
(704) 849- 8225
www.villageemporiumcharlotte.comWhen shopping for someone with eccentric tastes, Village Lake Emporium should be your go-to destination. This is a multi-vendor facility that is very similar to a flea market. They offer a variety of everything, including books, clothing, jewelry satchels, terrariums, vintage Hammond clocks, photography art of North Carolina, Boyd Bears and much more. If it is vintage, unique, eccentric or past its time, you can find it here. If you love shopping for items that have meaning and history, this is place to be.

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On A String Bead Shop
416 Providence Rd Suite B
Charlotte NC 28207
(704) 334-1110
www.on-a-string.comOn A String Bead Shop is a funky, fun and bright shop that sells hand-made jewelry. You can purchase jewelry kits that allow you to pick the stones and supplies that you want, or you can opt for gift certificates to give to your crafty friends and family. The shop also offers classes where you can make your own jewelry or have pieces custom made by Christine, the store’s owner. Earrings start at $10 and the necklaces range from $30 to $300, depending on the pieces that you select. On A String caters to a wide range of styles, making it perfect for the younger fashionista crowd that loves originality.

Related: Gift Guide for the Creative Type

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Green with Envy
1111 Central Ave, Ste 200
Charlotte NC 28204
704-344-8774
www.greenwithenvy.usGreen with Envy offers an eclectic mix of items with everything for the home to art from local artists to candles to kitschy novelty items. The price range for this shop is anywhere from $3 to $50, so you’re sure to find something for every budget. You can also find couture clothing and accessories making this a great spot for gifts for the women in your life, from baby showers to party favors. If you are seeking something artistic, different and fun this is the place to shop.

Tazia Wade has many talents and skills from Fashion Design to Pattern Making. When she is not writing she teaches pattern making on the weekends and also designs clothing for her own personal line. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where she is continuing her education and following anything Fashion where ever it leads, always discovering new shops and local trends. Her favorite finds are always hidden treasures, pieces that hold longevity and one of a kinds. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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