Friends, we are coming up on a special day that means a lot to me and the entire L&V team: Small Business Saturday.

If you’ve been following along with Lily & Val for a while, you’ll know that we opt out of out the traditional Black Friday sale, and instead hold our biggest sale of the year on Small Business Saturday through Cyber Monday. I wanted to share with you just a bit about what Small Business Saturday means to me…

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My Dad worked in the steel mills of Pittsburgh, but right around the time I was born in the 80’s, he (and many other steelworkers) were permanently laid off. My Mom and Dad describe this as an extremely scary time filled with uncertainty and worry.

So my Dad got creative. What looked like a dark spot in their lives turned into motivation. He started a business selling auto parts and fixing cars with nothing except a drive to provide.

That business ended up being the best thing that could have happened. It was certainly not easy – just the opposite in fact – but my parents were then able to build a life they didn’t think was possible.

Consequently, as a small-town Pennsylvania girl watching her Father run his small business, I learned. All my life I was led by his example and he taught me the values of working hard and never limiting myself. He always told me I could be anything I wanted. I’ve carried that through the years and today it’s a huge part of what defines me.

Your support of small businesses changes lives for generations.

I know that’s a big statement, but I truly believe it. I’m a testament to it.

When you support Lily & Val, you are supporting the people you see above. We are a tiny team. I want you to know that we don’t take for granted a single dollar that you spend with us. It is felt and appreciated more than I can say. It has allowed me to do what I love and create a life. Grateful doesn’t begin to describe how I feel.

In honor of Small Business Saturday 2017, I put together these hand-drawn graphics! I hope you will join me in spreading the Small Business love this year. Please feel free to share and tag @lilyandval! Click on any image and it will open a new window with a higher resolution file perfect for sharing on social media.

Free graphic for sharing the Small Business Saturday love this year! Free graphic for sharing the Small Business Saturday love this year!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, friends! If you’re not already signed up to receive Lily & Val emails, be sure to do that so you don’t miss our Small Business Saturday deals this year.