When it comes to creating, it always starts with a fabulous idea, and well – the rest is history.  Now where those ideas might come into fruition (some on a walk around the park, others in more questionable – yet, plausible – areas, such as the bathroom).  Or for some, it might simply be over a bowl of oatmeal.

Oatmeal Shop
Photo Credit: Oatmeal

For the founder of Oatmeal,  Elise Birnbaum, that is exactly how her shop started.   For the objects one will find on their website, they are inspired by simple things and everyday life.  Created from a narrow, neutral color palette, along with the use of clay, metal and other simple materials to make objects and wearables ethically.

It’s safe to say that the Oatmeal customer is one who cares immensely about quality, as well as a “no-fuss” approach to having special objects such as these in their home.  Customers who are looking for those special objects to have in their lives will be treated to an extensive assortment of products.

In search of a bronze necklace?  Oatmeal has the perfect style at just $100.  Or how about the perfect hostess gift of a vessel (a bowl, for our newer artistic friends), priced perfectly at $210.  Not to mention, they carry an assortment of brushes, totes, plates and pendants that are a wonderfully creative gift anyone would be thrilled to receive at the holidays.

And the best part of all?  The entire collection is sourced and produced here in Pittsburgh!  With the motto of “shopping small”, it truly helps to give back to the surrounding community, along with obtaining something extra special.  If this doesn’t give you a reason to shop small this holiday season, then we don’t know what will!

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Aaron Valentic

Aaron is a recent transplant back to Pittsburgh, PA after living in New York for five years. From all things relating to art, culture, fashion along with the Pittsburgh social scene, he surely knows the heartbeat of his hometown.

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