If you look into the facts about the fashion industry and consumerism, it can be overwhelming and downright depressing. It can feel impossible some days to try to do the right thing:
I am hoping to to see a week and a future that includes conversation and empathy, and... love. I am hoping to see more people move toward the center and find common ground.
When I was growing up, my Nana brought me shopping at Filene's basement in Downtown Boston on Wednesdays, and we bought clothing for all 17 of her grandchildren. She also sewed and created clothing that we loved. This handmade and bargain clothing was passed around and around the family.
Swapping clothes happened because saving money made sense. The happy consequence is that it was one more way for us cousins to stay connected.
My sincere wish is that all are about to be a part of a gathering that makes you feel happy and a part of something. I wish for you a positive and festive week. I hope that you will be celebrating what you believe, with someone who you love.
According to Cinda's research 68% of our purchases at local, independent retailers stays local, compared to 43% of money spent at national chains.
I have always known that far more of any M&C purchase stays in our community, because most of our merchandise comes from you, our customers... our friends... our neighbors.
I agree that “should” must be banned for our vocabularies, when we are talking about ourselves. Saying “I should go to the gym, or eat better, get outdoors more, go back to school, or…,” is the same as saying that we know what is good for us, but we have no intention of doing it. That’s just crazy. 😉
It is Human for us to be drawn to communities with common backgrounds and beliefs. Leaders of these communities too often, for reasons of power and control, and/or money, incite their constituents/members/fans to feel disdain or hatred for “the other side.” Our job as the members of a community/party/church… is to think for ourselves. We need to expose ourselves to experiences and information from inside and outside of our communities.