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They're back! One of the most loved products at Avondale Mercantile, these decorative and practical fire starters are exactly what you need to build a cozy fire on a cold night. 

To get your fire starters, just stop by one of our retail partners or Workshops, Inc., where they are available for purchase at the front desk. 

Avondale Mercantile, a program of Workshops, Inc., now offers a line of natural sprays. The products are made with all natural ingredients and are designed to make your stinky dog more cuddle-worthy, keep bugs from biting and refresh your home and linens.  

Stinky Dog Sprays

     Sprays in two different scents make your best friend easier to be around!  Available in Lavender Lemongrass and Rosemary Eucalyptus, both contain coconut oil, which is great for your best friend's skin.

Room and Linen Sprays

Spritz on linens, furniture and rugs. One offers a calm and and relaxing scent, the other brings a fresh energizing scent..

Bugg Off Spray

    Finally, a natural insect repellent that doesn't make you feel like you have to shower after use! Bugg Off is made with a special blend of essential oils, including one that has been proven to be as effective as DEET.  Our formula is all-natural, smells pleasant, and doesn't make your skin feel sticky.

Handmade Fire Starters

Our original product is still one of our most popular!  These lovely fire starters are hand-crafted in the shape of pine cones.  Hold a match to one for a few seconds and it will burn for well over 20 minutes, meaning you never have to deal with wads of dirty newsprint again!  Available in bags of six.

Look for our products in your local gift stores, or order them here to pick up at Workshops, Inc.


Avondale Mercantile products are handmade by people with disabilities and other barriers to employment right in the heart of Avondale, Alabama. Your purchase provides job training and employment opportunities for the people receiving services at Workshops, Inc.  

Workshops, Inc. enriches lives by helping people with disabilities and other employment barriers achieve their vocational potential.

Our Vision

Avondale Mercantile products will bring joy to your life because of their quality and usefulness, and because your purchase enables the training and employment of people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.