It’s no surprise that some of the most magical gear we may see at a Disney park actually came from a small shop owner. Whether it be mouse ears, apparel, accessories, or something customized to fit you specifically, there is no limit to what amazing things they can create. What’s even better is that these small shop owners are finding new and creative ways to bring that magic to our homes too so that we can experience a little bit of pixie dust even when we are miles away from the main mouse himself!
Here are some of my personal favorites, and my hope is that they will become your favorites too! Click any of the pictures to be directed towards their shop!
Brand By You
Home of the ever famous “Mouse Ears and Cold Beers” shirt (featured in the pictures below), Brand By You makes whimsical and extremely unique designs for apparel! You won’t find anything found at any other t-shirt shop here. The creator, Donna, created this shop to offer plenty of options of both shirt style and color so that no one has to feel like they can’t get exactly what makes them feel comfortable. You don’t like tank tops, well she offers shirts! Love the shirt but would prefer a different color? Ask her! That’s why it’s called Brand By YOU. Not to mention, the designs are perfect for Disney women and men so everyone can get something that fits their vibe.
Her designs cover all sorts of Disney fandoms including princesses, Star Wars, Marvel, and so much more. She also offers other products like hats, pins, and leggings. My personal favorite designs are “Guardians Radio” (pictured below) and “Black Pearl Caribbean Spiced Rum”. I even have an exclusive code for you – use the code DGB15 for 15% off!
Wish Upon Magic
I have been following Ada, owner of Wish Upon Magic, for so long that I am so happy to see all of her progress through this small shop journey. She offers a number of products including mouse shaped, fuzzy pillows as well as other fun shaped pillows that I am sure you will recognize (see pictures below!). But because those pillows are made-to-order and require more of her time as a creator, she also offers lots of fun stickers that are ready-to-ship! She constantly updates her Instagram to let you know when her pillow openings are coming up so be sure to follow along so you know when to get one.
She also has designed her pillows to have LIGHTS! Yes you read that correctly! Not every pillow has them, but she does offer the option to put lights in your pillows (or your pair of mouse ears to wear to the parks!). I honestly cannot wait until I have my own place so that I can purchase one of her pillows for my couch. I also have so many stickers I want to get in the meantime to put on a new reusable water bottle.
Tina Goodman Designs
A shop that I love seeing on my Insta feed is Tina Goodman Designs! Tina makes all of her work from beginning to end – seriously. She constructs the frames together and she paints everything herself. Watching her behind the scenes videos are some of the most mesmerizing because it just makes you appreciate her hard work even more. Her signs are perfect for a fun home office, a colorful kid’s room, or even just to add a touch of magic in your living room or kitchen. There are a few things on my wishlist from her shop that I would love to put in my home office, but since I am planning on getting my own place soon, i want to wait to treat myself to her work when I have a place of my own to showcase it in.
As you can imagine, her work does sell out pretty quickly so be sure to sign up for email alerts on her website so that you can be one of the lucky people to get something from her! She updates her Instagram regularly to make sure you will always know exactly when her shop is going to be opening up.
It’s A Ear World
One of my small shop bestie, Allison, makes quite literally THE BEST ears on the market. Not only are they the only ears to date to not give me a headache, but they are so well made and extremely beautiful. She is very busy so she doesn’t hold a lot of openings, but when she does, it is madness! I highly recommend following her on Instagram and just waiting it out for her openings because trust me, they are worth it.
She has a number of themed ears (like Star Wars, Toy Story, Tangled, etc) ears and then many that are more of one or two colors that can be matched to any outfit for a day at the park. I currently own four pairs of her ears and the pastel tie dye pair that is featured in the last picture below are probably my favorite, followed closely by her sequined Christmas pair that is not pictured.
Sew Dough Co
Based on the UK but THANKFULLY having international shipping, Lucy, creator of Sew Dough Co, makes incredible mouse shaped donut pillows, ears, keychains, and pumpkin cushions. I have been obsessed with her work for years now and actually had the pleasure of interviewing her for a blog I did. So if you wanted to really get to know her and her work, click here.
If you have fallen in love with her work like I have, be sure to sign up for her email alerts. She holds both make-to-order custom openings and ready-to-ship openings, and she is very good at communicating which opening is coming up and when. But lots of people love her work so those email alerts will be your best friend if you want to snag something. I have a little list of things I want to snag during a custom opening from her but I was working the last time she held it so I will have to wait until the next opening!
I hope this list has gotten you excited about some amazing small shops that are out there right now. Check them out and support small businesses!
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