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by Kristen Daniel
Nov 23, 2011 | 491 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
{Re}cycled Consign and Design is one locally-owned Cedar City shop with a wide variety of unique treasures.
{Re}cycled Consign and Design is one locally-owned Cedar City shop with a wide variety of unique treasures.
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CEDAR CITY – While many will wait in line at stores to get the best deals in the early hours of Black Friday, and others will scour the World Wide Web for deals on Cyber Monday, others will celebrate the Shop Small movement and patronize local merchants on the second Small Business Saturday.

“The 2nd annual Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year,” according to the movement’s website, www.smallbusinesssaturday.com. “On November 26, we’re asking millions of people to shop small at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. When we all shop small, it will be huge.”

Cedar City shoppers have long taken to the freeway and taken their dollars to St. George, northern Utah and Las Vegas, but shoppers in the know are aware that some of the best, most desirable gifts money can buy are not on the internet or in the malls, but in creative, eclectic boutiques. There are community staples such as The Wizz, Groovacious and many other small shops, and a plethora of local eateries that offer gift certificates.

{Re}cycled Consign and Design, at 1014 S. Main St., was started by interior designer and owner Amanda Hill about two years ago. She said she was looking for a way to offer local residents more opportunities to add unique style and quality design touches to their own homes.

The store gives boutique shopping a new vibe. To call Recycled Consign and Design eclectic barely scratches the surface of what it has to offer shoppers looking for the new, different, and just plain cool.

She said it is difficult to tell what sells the most, but the jewelry, fashion accessories, and clothes are very popular. There are countless items that can save anyone looking for perfect, distinctive gifts for any occasion throughout the whole year, Hill said.

Trendy, popular items right now are cowhide rugs with metallic detail, and the Farmhouse Fresh line of moisturizers and skin care products that were featured on one of Oprah’s “My Favorite Things” episode.

“People love the Farmhouse Fresh products. They are very high quality, organic, smell amazing, and people just love how they feel,” she said. “The metallic cow hide rugs are very popular right now as well, and I can get them for a lot less than you can buy them on the internet.”

Also popular are the architectural pieces, whimsical lighting fixtures, and unique home accessories.

“The store is always changing,” she said. “I want this to be a place costumers can come every week and find something new and exciting every time they come.”

Hill said she wants the store to be an inspiration to people so they can get ideas and see how new things can work in any kind of space. She said she wanted her store to be a place where you would find things nobody else has.

Paige McCullough makes distinctive artisan jewelry using many materials including the insides of old watches, and sells them on consignment. She said she has her Jewelry in boutiques in St. George, and Recycled has a better selection of new and different merchandise.

“Whenever I am in the store I always hear people asking for something totally new and exclusive,” McCullough said. “And they always find it.”

Recycled carries unique consignment, vintage, and refinished furniture, as well as the occasional high end or distinctive vintage clothing. Clothing, however, is generally all new, and Hill said she orders very limited quantities so shoppers remain original in their purchases.

Another local treasure, just a few blocks down Main Street, is Harmony Home, which many people do not realize is a full service furniture and home store. They offer free, in-home consultation and measuring, and can order anything costumers want, which usually arrives in short order.

Manager Cynthia Jorgensen said most people don’t realize they also offer the best prices on quality, custom framing and art work as well.

“You could honestly furnish your whole house right here in this store, and our prices are very competitive with any furniture store in St. George,” she said. “We will help you decide what will work in your space, and we sell such a wide variety of accessories we can dress the house up as well.”

They also carry a large selection of Howard Miller clocks as well as kitchen furniture and accessories.

Harmony Home also sells a wide variety of inexpensive jewelry, as well as higher quality pieces. They also carry purses, scarves, and other fashion accessories.

“I think some people in town forget we are here and that we offer such a wide variety of merchandise and services,” Jorgensen said.

Cedar City’s downtown has a great variety of small shops, each of which is locally-owned and unique. Wood ’N Lace Place and Comforts of Home, which are both connected to Bulloch Drug, offer a dizzying array of beautiful, quality jewelry, one-of-kind purses, hats, hair accessories, personalized small gifts, and home decor.

Owner Chris Vickers said the 17 professionally-decorated Christmas Trees and decorations throughout the stores are reason enough for a trip to Bulloch’s.

Vickers employs two full-time designers who are constantly using the wide array of silk flowers and home décor sold there to create eye-catching arrangements and opulently decorated Christmas Trees. They carry a huge selection of Christmas decor and ornaments and will be offering after-Thanksgiving specials and sales every weekend until Christmas.

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