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Just another Tolkien Blerd searching for The One Ring.
Promising review: "I was very excited about this figure when I first heard about it and I am not disappointed. He has great paint all over, much better articulation than most Multiverse figures and no really loose joints. But come on Mattel, start giving figures double jointed elbows. Hasbro does it for almost every figure. That gripe aside, I love this figure." —Rose Preslee
Get it from Amazon for $32.99.
PBD Arts is a small business based in West Hartford, Connecticut. It sells hand-painted clothing with pop culture designs.
Promising review: This hat is dope! the photo was hard to interpret and I thought it was denim material with a stick on logo but was cotton instead and all painted, which is so much better. A splurge for a 5-year-old but he's going to wear this cap easily for a couple of years. And definitely the pricing fits with artistry involved, good all around!" —walkonwater79.
Promising review: "Great quality mug! Been in use for about a month now as my coffee mug and has stood the test of a to of washes. Holding up well! I work as an AV Tech in my office and I live and preach this quote to people. Yes, it's cliché but I love it." —Yearzerrrooo
Get it from Amazon for $14.99.
Raven + Unicorn is a Black-owned business in Raleigh, North Carolina. The owner, Rachelle, is an illustrator who draws all the designs.
Promising reviews: "So cute! Looking forward to giving this to my friend. Shipped and received quickly. The seller was very communicative as one item would be shipping separately, and they wanted to make sure I was aware of the difference."—Heidi
Rookie ATL is a Black-owned business in Atlanta, Georgia. They boast that they make apparel for STEM, gamers, nerds, comic lovers, and other weirdos. They use their proceeds to help increase awareness of STEM education opportunities in minority neighborhoods.
Promising review: "These sweatshirts are awesome. The material is thick and of high quality cotton, but not as stretchy as a typical sweatshirt. I am 5'3 and weigh 150lbs and the medium fits great. I originally purchased the small and while it fit I wanted a little looser feel allowing me to wear a T-shirt underneath and not feel restrained. I also wanted to allow for any shrinkage that may occur after they are washed. I emailed the seller and explained that I needed to exchange both sweatshirts for mediums. They immediately responded. The exchange was hassle-free and I received my new sweatshirts very quickly. I will definitely purchase from this shop again."—R.C.
House Of Nyota is a Black-owned shop in Hinesville, Georgia. It's run by LGBTQ veterans with a passion for all things nerdy and fashion.
Promising review: "Exactly like the picture, super soft satin. Overall great quality." —Krystal Moon
Arden's Apparel is a family owned business in Cypress, Texas, that make shirts.
Promising review: "The shirt is soft and the design is great! Very nice quality!"—misslgsw
Witty Wise Designs is a Black-owned small business based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The owner combines wit with wisdom. She designs a variety of items including T-shirts, journals, and wall art.
Promising review: "This is so meeeee! Quality and shipping was perfect along with the fit." —Toyea Perkins