Everything is Connected

Decluttering is one way to bring calmness to your home while sheltering in place.

Decluttering is one way to bring calmness to your home while sheltering in place.

De-cluttering can be very satisfying because it is a small thing that you can control in this time when so much is out of our hands.
So you've got this pile of clothes with which you are willing to part. Now what?

Have you heard of #SeconhandSpring?

Have you heard of #SeconhandSpring?

You can have fun and become part of a community that is promoting re-use before recycle, by using #secondhandspring in your posts. So get dressed up, enjoy your clothes, share in the fun, and de-clutter!

Clothing is not the only thing we recycle.

Clothing is not the only thing we recycle.

Clothing is not the only thing we recycle.
Whenever we need a new rack, shelf or these dressing room doors, we look at what we already have and try to re-make it into what we need.

Maybe there is Already Enough Clothing on the Planet. ;)

Maybe there is Already Enough Clothing on the Planet. ;)

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:

Editorial that has Nothing to do with Used Clothing. ;)

Editorial that has Nothing to do with Used Clothing. ;)

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.

Not Just a Consignment Shop: A Way of Life Since 1990

Not Just a Consignment Shop: A Way of Life Since 1990

M&C is 30 years old! We’re not just a consignment shop, M&C is a lifestyle.  Together, we are a part of something big.

Secondhand: how the past can save the future

Secondhand:  how the past can save the future

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.

Season's Greetings to the entire M&C and MC Square community!

Season's Greetings to the entire M&C and MC Square community!

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.

I Finally did the Math.

I Finally did the Math.

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.

Sustainable Holiday Shopping

Sustainable Holiday Shopping

An hour might not be long enough to spend looking at all that these local folks have to offer.

Take the word "should" out of your resolutions. ;)

Take the word "should" out of your resolutions.  ;)

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.  😉

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."

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.