friday finds.
by victoria comment


modern abstract painting by ash holmes. / sfgirlbybay

hi friends, how are you holding up? my emotions go in waves — from calm to a kind of frustrated despair. i think these are natural feelings and i’m just grateful the despair doesn’t linger. if you are feeling similarly, please do reach out to friends and family — i’ve found a quick phone call or facetime with supportive people can really rally my spirits. i’m going to share something a little different on this week’s friday finds — i want to try and help support all kinds of small businesses, so this week i thought i’d share a few ideas, as well as some independent sellers that you can order online from and help to keep them afloat while their brick and mortar shops are closed. we’re all in this together, so my goal is helping those in need right now. stay healthy and please consider how you might help others in this unprecedented time. it’s on all of us to do our very best, even if it’s just a shoulder to lean on. and, if you have any more suggestions for helping others right now, by all means, please leave them in the comments below. thanks!

xo, victoria

  1. it’s an excellent time to support artists like ash holmes. there are so many struggling artists and now is a really difficult time for them, too. they survive through selling their art, so if you’re in a position to support them, please do. there are quite a few small online galleries like tappan collective, poster cabaret, artfully walls, 20×200, and spacey studios and of course etsy that support independent artists.
  2. small publishers are taking a hit right now, too. it takes a lot of time, blood sweat and tears to put out a printed magazine for us to enjoy and if you can now would be a good time to subscribe. it will give you some endless inspiration, something wonderful to read while we’re stuck at home and help these hardworking publishers to thrive. consider 91 magazine, cereal, milk decoration, cherry bombe, and kinfolk just to name a few.
  3. if you’re able, you might consider shopping for holiday presents now. all small businesses like three potato four, yolk and simple laguna could use that cash flow right now, so what better time than right now to get way ahead of the curve. or, make some gifts — shopping online for creative projects from suppliers on etsy fabric and trim shops, art supply stores — they can all use our support, too.
  4. booksellers, small bookshops, publishers and writers need our support right now too. not a lot of us are heading out to bookstores, and there are loads of new books being launched that are unable to do book tours right now. so you might consider ordering from your local, small bookshops — some new books i’ve recently ordered are: jen gotch’s the upside of being down; Amy Azzarito’s wonderful The Elements of a Home: Curious Histories behind Everyday Household Objects, from Pillows to Forks; and Judith De Graaff and Igor Josifovic’s new Plant Tribe: living happily ever after with plants.
  5. elsie green is my super marché partner, but also one of my very favorite vintage shops, and has been long before we ever collaborated. they’ve got the best online vintage french finds around, and right now they’re offering 20% off your entire order with the discount code “shopsmall” as a way to thank their customers for the support to their small business over these last few days.
  6. today might be a nice time to get yourself a weighted blanket. i gifted myself one from sheltered co. when i moved and it not only looks pretty on the back of my sofa, i’ve been under it for days now (i am right now as i write this) and somehow it magically does calm my nerves and make me feel more at ease. their blankets hand-woven, and they’re making them for us as fast as they can, but so worth the wait of the weight (get it?).
  7. there are also lots and lots of local makers that need our support. like block shop textiles — need a new robe for all this lounging about? they’ve got you covered. they’ve created beautiful homewares and art prints, too so have a look. never hurts to spruce up our spaces while we’re being homebodies.
  8. check your local small grocers and specialty shops, like cookbook. a lot of their physical shops may be closed, but they may be using delivery services like postmates and caviar to get their goods to you. a lot of local restaurants and shops are also offering curbside delivery to your car. or, consider buying an online gift certificate to use later when they re-open or for someone in need right now. keeping them afloat with our support now is crucial to our neighborhoods’ long term well-being.

flatlay photograph of 91 magazine and colorful patterned textiles. / sfgirlbybay

colorful photograph of woman wearing sheer green blouse with lemons in the sleeve in front of pink sheer curtains. / sfgirlbybay

Judith De Graaff and Igor Josifovic's new Plant Tribe: living happily ever after with plants. / sfgirlbybay

wood shelves with elsie green vintage french finds on display. / sfgirlbybay

sheltered co. weighted crocheted blanket in white. / sfgirlbybay

dotted linen robe by blockshop textiles. / sfgirlbybay

fruit for sale inside boutique grocer cookbook market in los angeles, california. / sfgirlbybay

7 responses to “friday finds.”

  1. Thank u for the mention of 91 Magazine Victoria. It’s come at a particularly difficult time for us as we have just gone print with the new issue. But luckily our readers have been hugely supportive. ☺️ I hope u are doing ok xxx

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