But first, I read something today that touches on the question most of us are thinking: how can we afford to buy fair trade items? A reader asked the author of Seven, An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess (a book that greatly influenced this month's series) Jen Hatmaker, this question:
How do you balance purchasing organic / local / made in America items versus the higher cost of those items? We want to be eating and purchasing the quality items but what I spend on them in a month (not even in excess) is what someone in a third world country could live on for a year.
Agreed. I honestly found a balance, because though organic and Fair Trade is more costly, I also quit buying a bunch of other garbage (and some I continue to purchase, because, you know, FOR THE MOST PART). I find “Made in America” not so cost-prohibitive at places like Old Navy and several Target brands. And again, if we buy in equal quantity as we ever have but with high-integrity brands, we might go into the poorhouse. This is where “lower consumption” comes into play. Buy less, buy better.Read the rest of the Q&A with Jen here.
Jen summed up nicely my new approach to buying clothing. Buy less, buy better!
|Matilda Jane Clothing|
War Chest: the War Chest Boutique sells fun purses, bibs, aprons, dolls and toys for children, and also adult aprons, some apparel, scarves, and jewelry.
Matilda Jane Clothing: For unique, whimsical dresses, tops, skirts and bottoms, and accessories, this is the place. Right now they only have clothing for little girls, but boys are on the agenda, and they also have some fun pieces for moms. Matilda Jane recently partnered with our friend Noonday Collections!
Thrift Stores: Since kids grow fast, shopping at your local thrift stores is a great budget friendly way to shop ethically and support your local community!
|Raven + Lily|
- Live FashionABLE- scarves, budget friendly
- Noonday Collections- scarves, purses, jewelry, shoes, bags, belts, hats, budget friendly
- Raven and Lily- scarves, purses, jewelry, moderately priced to investment pieces.
- Good and Fair Clothing- scarves and tees, budget friendly
- Trade as One- scarves, jewelry, bags, budget friendly
- Catherine Nicole- jewelry
- Global Girlfriend- purses, bags, clutches, scarves, jewelry, wallets, budget friendly
- Stop Traffick Fashion- bags, wallets, clutches, jewelry. By the way, STF has new tee shirt designs in stock!
|Good and Fair Clothing|
- Good and Fair- men's boxers and women's hipsters
- Maggies Organics- socks and pajamas
- For more ideas, visit this blog post by Stop Traffick Fashion: Ethical Socks and Undies
Toms- Tom's shoes are fair trade, and each purchase provides a pair of shoes to someone in need. Toms sells shoes in womens, mens, youth (5+ years) and tiny (0-5 years) sizes. Besides the classic canvas Toms, they sell special occasion varieties, and even a line of campus colors to show your school pride.
Groobs- Groobs also gives a pair to a child in need, but they take a step further and allow you to pick a charity to give 50% of the proceeds to! They also come in sizes for the whole family.
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Whew! This is the last of the "where to buy" posts, but I will continue to update the Fashion for Freedom Pinterest board, so if you're on pinterest, check it out!
Also, this week only, Sevenly is selling tees and totes to fund an undercover brothel rescue! Find out more and see the tees here.
And another reminder, this FRIDAY is the Fashion for Freedom Charity Auction, where you'll be able to bid on items from my closet and 100% of the proceeds will go to anti-trafficking organizations, Polaris Project and 4 the 1. Mark it on your calendars!
Of course, you won't want to miss our super-awesome-mega giveaway after that! Be sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter, or email so you don't miss it. Tomorrow and the day after I'm going to share ideas for shopping ethically: refashioning what you already have, and how to shop at thrift stores.
Do you know of any other resources I didn't mention in this post? Share them with us in the comments!