Posted by: Christine Adams | September 5, 2009

Small Business of the Week: Uncommon Goods

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This week I would like to draw attention to a website/catalog that sells truly unique gifts. Personally, I am a huge fan of finding things for my friends and relatives that no one else can find which is why I love this collection of gifts. There are several things about this company that I find outstanding!

Uncommon Goods was founded by David Bolotsky in 1999 and is headquartered in New York City. They strive to bring “creatively designed, high-quality merchandise to consumers at affordable prices.” Their business model hinges on the following format: featured artists and handmade goods, service guarantees, sustainability and donations.

Featured Artists and Handmade Goods: Many of the products that you will find in this collection are handmade mailboxby talented artists from all over the country. I wrote about Graham Bergh in one of my earlier posts, he is just one of many that are now selling their art on a national level. Uncommon Goods features household items, garden accessories and jewelry just to name a few.

Service Guarantees: This company offers same day shipping, customer service availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as well as gift packaging. They have also been awarded several Circle of Excellence Awards from BizRate, the Internet’s leading authority in customer satisfaction.

recycleSustainability: It seems they truly care about the impact their business has on the world and our environment. All of their products are made without harm to animals, and they offer many organic and recycled products. Even the catalog that I receive in the mail is printed on recycled paper and it encourages you to please recycle it when you are finished using it.

Donations: When you order from Uncommon Goods you have a choice of charities you may ask them to donate to. The following non-profits receive $1 per purchase when chosen by consumers: AmeriCares – provides humanitarian relief to victims of disasters worldwide, Craft Emergency Relief Fund – provides support to artisans suffering career-threatening emergencies, Defenders of Wildlife – helps save the planet and animals in their natural habitat for future generations moneyand Comprehensive Development – assists underserved high school students in New York City. In 2007, Uncommon Goods donated approximately $100,000 through their Better to Give program.

This is an excellent example of a company who offers outstanding customer service, they give back to the community and they care about the footprint that they leave behind. We should all support businesses such as this, to help make our world a better place.  As the holiday season approaches, I urge you to please take a look at their website: www.uncommongoods.com for an extremely unique shopping experience!

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