Over the weekend, I attended the Christmas in Cowtown gift show here in Fort Worth. I went in with the hopes that I’d find some fun, unique things to share with y’all and spotlight some small businesses that are definitely worth knowing about, especially if you’re starting your Christmas shopping early!
Keep reading to see a few of my favorite booths and vendors:
INTO THE WEST HOME
As I was walking through the show, I couldn’t help but turn to look at the Into The West booth – it was so full of color, texture and amazing southwestern-inspired style that spoke to everything I’ve ever pinned onto my Pinterest “Home Decor” board.
Everything they have is fun, bright and unique – whether you’re looking for Mongolian fur pillows, an eclectic cowhide rug or a one-of-a-kind bull skull for your wall, you’ll love Into The West.
My personal favorite things in their booth were a Talavera tile bull skull, a huge serape accent blanket, and everything Mongolian fur.
TURQUOISE & COMPANY / WESTERN SKIES HANDMADE
I have been a follower of Turquoise & Co on Instagram for awhile, and I was so excited to run into their booth! They stock a beautiful collection of authentic turquoise jewelry that can fit any budget – whether you’re looking to simply start your collection or buy a one-of-a-kind stunner, they’ll have something you’ll fall in love with.
The only thing that could have (and did) make me happier was to find they also had Western Skies Handmade purses and accessories displayed as well. I absolutely fell in love with these wool jewelry bars – what a cool stocking stuffer, especially for the western-obsessed girl who has everything. As a girl who has way too many Ziploc bags full of turquoise (don’t judge), these are definitely on my list this year!
Also, for those who aren’t familiar with Western Skies Handmade, Sarah makes drop dead GORGEOUS handbags that are worth every penny. I’m still dreaming about this beauty, who was welcoming customers into the booth. Definitely check out both Turquoise & Co and Western Skies Handmade on Instagram!
LEANING R SALSA
If you’re a gal who loves salsa, or gift baskets, or both – stop scrolling! The sweetest lady asked me to try a few varieties of salsa at her booth, and let me tell you, they were SO good. The Thorp family grows hot peppers, so trust me when I say I know a tasty salsa recipe when I taste one. There was a variety for everyone – sweet and mild, hot and zesty, or something in between – you’ll fall in love.
Each jar is canned with love by the owner of this small business, and if you love her recipes enough to share, she also does gift baskets! I know I’ll be ordering a few to send back home to the Midwest this winter. Ordering a jar or basket of salsa from Leaning R is a fabulous way to support a small business and give a unique gift to someone you love. Check out their Instagram page here!
SELINA VAUGHAN STUDIOS
Every western fashionista has a collection of vintage graphic tees in her closet, but what about vintage feedbags? I loved the concept of these bags by Selina Vaughan Studios – vintage feedbags repurposed into fashionable handbags that give off that western or farmhouse vibe. These would make such a cute day bag for errands, or an adorable diaper bag.
There were also a variety of styles available in the booth, so whether you are a backpack kind of gal or would rather use a cross body or tote, there’s something for you.
Side note: I was extra nostalgic when I saw a design featuring a bag from Des Moines, Iowa. Such a cute idea to represent a place you love with a fashionable twist! Check out their Instagram here.
I’ve been following Michelle Manningham, owner of Texi Boots, for over a year now as she’s built her own cowboy boot brand from the ground up. I was ecstatic to finally run into her during a show, and to see her gorgeous boot styles in person. Her trademark pink soles are so unique – they’re a must have for any boot connoisseur.
There are currently two styles available, and you can read the story of each on the Texi Boots website. If you love to champion your local girl boss, support small businesses with big dreams and are a self-proclaimed boot junkie, it’s time to step into a new pair of Texi’s. Check out their Instagram here.