Mario-inspired flashdrives, fair-trade bags, and other things you should buy from your neighbors | Bleader

Mario-inspired flashdrives, fair-trade bags, and other things you should buy from your neighbors

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If you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar, imagine how many you'll catch with this honey mustard from the Chicago Honey Co-op. $6, Chicago's Downtown Farmstand, 66 E. Randolph, chicagohoneycoop.com

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We all like to pretend we're someone we used to be 20 years ago. That's why this card's reference to a younger, saner John Stamos, by the Letter Betty, makes it such a thoughtful note. $3.50, Sifu Design Studio, 5044 N. Clark, theletterbetty.com

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Maybe you're a pioneer of, I dunno, mustache design (see below). However you roll, pay homage to the trailblazers that came before you with this Wagon Wheel Mug by ceramics shop Maker & Maker. $20, Renegade Handmade, 1924 W. Division, makerandmaker.com

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They're not strictly local, but we can make an exception for Chicago fair-trade importers Malia Designs and the bags they bring in, like this aubergine messenger bag, made without sweatshop labor. $45, Greenheart, 1911 W. Division, maliadesigns.com

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Although inspired by Mario and Luigi's explosive enemy, this nifty Bob-omb USB flash drive by Jeff Kuhnie will keep your documents and mp3s are safe from harm. Available in 2, 4, and 8GB. $24.95-39.95, halfmanhalfmonkey.com.

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