Do you know of any shops that are owned by folks with a debilitating chronic illness or disability? Do you own one?!
I’ve gone to Etsy myself and saved a tonne of specific related shops but I’m trying to find the gems, the artists that I can’t find through a regular search.
Each week I plan to shop at a different store to try and support my fellow spoonies, especially in the run up to Christmas. I also plan on doing all of my Christmas shopping at these businesses too.
The Spoonie Business Database; An Easy Way To Support Chronically Ill & Disabled Business Owners
Every saturday on Instagram you will seeing me sharing my purchases, tagging the biz owners and promoting this wee database because it’s so important for us to support each other in these times.
If this is your first introduction to me, please know that I am a spoonie myself. I’ve been housebound for the last 11 years due to Eds and additional chronic conditions. You can read more about me here. I have a wonderful Patreon page with a small but mighty chronic illness community striving to achieve things in life and not get completely overwhelmed.
My Goal With The Spoonie Business Database
I then hope to have enough businesses in certain locales to create a more organized directory that everyone can use! It would also be amazing if it included services offered by spoonies and even bloggers etc.
I want to know shops/independent sellers like these (not just these, these are examples for you):
- Graphic Designers
- Gifts for men
- Print sellers
- Gifts for ladies
- Christmas Decor
- Craft supplies
- Jewellery designers etc
Important Information About The Spoonie Business Database Submissions
Obviously, information about sellers living with chronic conditions is going to be necessary and if a business isn’t owned by someone with chronic illnesses or disabilities, the tag will be removed and any spammers (folks without illnesses consistently tagging themselves) will be blocked immediately.
It needs to be very easy to verify that the owners have a chronic condition or disability.
Please also LOOK at the Database before adding your suggestion as everyone has to be manually verified which requires time & energy – a non-renewable resource. I’ve added an easy reference list below to make it easier for you – thank you!
Spoonie Saturday Features October 2020:
First Spoonie Business Database Feature: Holly Achy Shaky Art:
My husband bought me this badge as a wee surprise gift which sparked the entire idea! This was one of the first stores that I found in my quest to find spoonie owned businesses and a few of her badges really made me laugh. Of course, I showed my husband and immediately turned myself into that Leo Meme:
After I received the badge, I took this photo and got in touch with Holly to say how much I loved it. Turns out she’s a flipping mini me and such a lovely lady. Show your support for fellow spoonie Holly and her fabulous Achy Shaky Art store by hearting, sharing, following, etc.
We will all get through this if we keep lifting each other up.
Second Spoonie Business Database Feature; Innabox Designs:
I’ve shopped with Nikky before and actually used some of her ‘Invisible Illness’ ghost pins in a Giveaway last year for my Patreon group of chronically ill ladies.
Innabox is owned and operated by Spoonie Nikky and based in the United Kingdom, super fast shipping and overall great service. I shared all about my experience in this Instagram post.
Third Spoonie Business Database Feature: Ms Paper Lover:
When I first shared my post about the Spoonie business database on Instagram a few weeks ago, Grace was one of the first people to comment.
I was so thrilled because I love discovering the stores and sites of my audience, friends and fellow spoonies!
Of course, I bought things immediately because I’m an art journal obsessive and……..
she had stickers of cat butts. What more could I possibly want in this world?Claire DB talking about MsPaperLover.com
Grace doesn’t just sell butt stickers. I want to make that very clear. Her shop is full of stickers, die cut sticker flakes and sheets, all hand drawn and the print quality is incredible.
Add Your Suggestions For The Spoonie Business Database:
Visit the Spreadsheet here and use the comment option to offer suggestions.
Again, I must reiterate that it must be easy for me to confirm that people suffer from a hidden illness.
That doesn’t mean it has to clearly say “chronically ill”, or “spoonie”, it could be something as simple as a hashtag or abbreviation of a condition; e.g, #pots #eds #endo etc. Us spoonies are pretty woke when it comes to familiarizing ourselves with other conditions.
- Heart Handmade UK on Patreon (spoonies who love self improvement & self development for healing)
- Abi Stevens Art
- Tamsyn – Velvet Volcano
- Rachael – Fused With Love
- Sam – Chronically Divine
- Caoife – WildFlowerYarn
- Stacy – Fine Art Of Waiting – Activity book for hospital visits and rest time
- Laura – Yarnistry & Woah Dude
- Natalie – The Unchargeables
- Wear A Rainbow – Not Open Yet
- Autumn Aurelia
- Ileana – Happy Yamms
- Jacqui – The Crook Of My Hook
- Stacey – CraftyLilMouse
- Sally – Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes
- Grace – MsPaperLover (Photos above)
- Alex -VibeDotCrafted
- Sophie Leigh Art
- Claire K – Paw Prints By Claire
- Emily – Emily Stahl Designs
- Lizzie – Daisy Chain Makes
- Hollie – Achy Shaky Art (photo above)
- Nikky – InnABox (photos above)
- Christine – Quirky Nook
- NiftyNotebooks UK
- Electric Wheelchairs for sale
As the spreadsheet gets updated and as I share my purchases each week, I will also add the images and updates to this post as I want it to be easy for everyone to suggest their favourite spoonie owned businesses and not everyone has an instagram profile.
Shop, Share, and be Kind. xo.