Inspirations… It's about time we gave the old 'shopping' category some filling here at 123ish.com. When Black Friday rolled around and kids came in from out of town to visit, your
humble author hit on a swell idea: I'd join the legions of shoppers at Iowa's own Historic
Valley Junction in West Des Moines, with a side agenda of composing a gift inspiration list. Not just any gift list, but one where we veer away from the traditional shopping mall. See, even if you're not close to Valley Junction (you're missing out!) most major cities have a historic Bohemian district filled with local specialty shops. Just map my finds onto your local scene and compare. Or if you're too lazy to venture out to your local shops, fine, we have Amazon links for you couch potatoes too. Just expect that the Amazon link won't be quite the same thing as your quirky small business scene. Anyway, the purpose here is to give inspiration for your holiday shopping. Christmas (or whatever winter holiday you…
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