As I’ve mentioned before, my sister Nancy and I opened Lil Country Store earlier this year. It’s a convenience store—with sodas and chips, beer and cigarettes—for the oil field workers in the Eagle Ford Shale in south Texas. The store is located six miles west of Dilley, Texas.
It’s also a gift shop with one-of-a-kind gifts, perfect for Christmas gift-giving. We search out vintage collectibles at estate auctions and sales, and we have several artists and crafters who create unusual and beautiful items ranging from large wooden flowers to baby blankets to pens made of deer horns. Several of our talented crafters are willing to take custom orders and create something just for you.
We combine items into unique gift “baskets,” though many are in containers other than baskets. We have baskets with silk scarves and jewelry and home decor in a vintage metal wall mounted mail holder. A handcrafted cedar planter with mirror holds art created with feathers. Remember, these are one-of-a-kind, so specific items may no longer be available, but you’re sure to find several that are perfect for people you want to give special gifts.
One of my favorites is the redneck gourmet gift basket, with redneck goodies such as Spam, jerky, moon pies, and Mountain Dew in a plastic paint can.
For Christmas, we’ve collected an assortment of unusual Christmas decorations and gifts: lace and crocheted angel ornaments; metal, wood, and blown glass ornaments; wall hangings; and Nativity sets.
Visit TheLilCountryStore.com or our Facebook page for more pictures. If you’re in south Texas—San Antonio or Laredo or anywhere in between—I hope you’ll make a visit to the store. If you’re too far to visit the store but see something you’re interested in, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 830-391-6868. Although we’re not yet set up for e-commerce, we’ll be happy to ship individual orders upon special request.
Lil Country Store is little, perhaps more aptly described as tiny. But you’ll be amazed at how much Christmas we’ve managed to squeeze into that small space. Although it’s filled with inventory, it’s not crowded with frantic shoppers. You can park near the door and enjoy leisurely shopping, choosing special gifts for special people. And something else that will amaze you: our prices. We look for bargains on great vintage collectibles and handmade items at auctions and estate sales–and we pass those bargains on to you.
Guess you can tell I love our little store and our unique products, and I hope you love it, too!
Giving gifts to our loved ones is symbolic of giving gifts to Christ Jesus on His birthday. Our goal is to help you give the gifts that show your love, not because you spent a lot of money or grabbed the latest fad product, but because you carefully considered the recipient’s personality and interests and selected something that they will truly love.