Meet Erin, Gift Shop Enthusiast.
Lunch Money: Behind The Name.
Ever since I can remember, I've been obsessed with the idea that there are little places filled with fun things that, if I have the right amount of money, I can trade with the person behind the counter and bring them home with me.
I remember being a little girl, and when my mom would take my sister and I on vacation to different places, at every hotel we would go to, I would just have to find the gift shop. That was my first priority. And I could stay in there for hours just looking at everything.
Some things never change.
In high school, my mom would give me lunch money for the week on Monday, and expect it to last until Friday. Instead of using it to buy lunch, I would share food with a friend, and I would take that money to the mall to buy colorful trinkets and graphic tees. I preferred the euphoria of shopping rather than eating.
It only seems right that in my lifetime I would open a gift shop of my own, and fill it with all of the little things that I would spend my lunch money on. I hope that my small Chandler store can bring you as much joy and nostalgia as it brings me every day.
Why Shop at Lunch Money?
I do my best to purchase the majority of my inventory from small, independent artists in the U.S. When you shop with me, you're not only supporting my dream, but also the dreams of many others. As I continue to grow my business, I hope to find even more local Arizona artists to incorporate into my collection of products.
It is my mission to invoke a sense of nostalgic joy into every person that enters my shop. I want to hear little chuckles and squeals as you browse around. I want my store to inspire you to try a new hobby, like tarot reading, bullet journaling or planning. I want you to find your new favorite outfit here. I want you to find things that show off your individuality. I want you to be reminded of loved ones as you browse and say things like, "Oh my gosh, you know who would love that!?" I want you to get excited at the thought of giving the perfect little gift.
[Gift giving is my love language, so I don't take it lightly. ]
I want Lunch Money to be a place not only to shop, but also an experience that you remember for a lifetime.