Sometimes I wonder how a small group of people who refuse to buy a few pieces of clothing from some really big companies makes much of a difference in the giant, global garment industry. But then I remember that, even though it is important to avoid paying money to buy clothes that were made in sweatshops, more than that I am trying to live every day and raise my children in a way that satisfies my own conscience. I know you are, too. So I’ve decided that, every Tuesday, I’ll feature items that are from you. If you’d like to join in the fun, please submit a link to a blog post or pictures of an item or items that:
a) You made yourself.
b) You found at a garage sale, thrift store, or other resale shop (or even something that was given to you!).
c) You bought from a company that makes items in the U.S.A. or uses Union workers.
Make sure to include information on where you got your supplies, where you found the pattern or tutorial for your featured item, or where you bought the item itself, especially if it’s a store or website where we can shop, too. The idea is that we have a whole mess of items to show off that didn’t come from sweatshops in Madagascar or Malaysia. Even if only a few of us participate, we can support and encourage each other in our quest to avoid temptation at the mall.
There. Now that that’s out of the way, here’s my entry for this week:
Saturday morning, two of my best friends and I met for breakfast and then hit the garage sales together. I lost track of how many we went to, but here was my haul:
I spent $11 on these items, total. They include . . .
A “Chicken Scratch” apron and matching pillowcases (for pillowcase dresses? or skirts? or matching aprons for the girls? or just to hold pillows?) for $1 each.
Several vinyl tablecloths for making some Booster Seat Cushions for my two youngest for $0.10 and $0.25 each.
A vintage cloisonne belt for $1.
About 10 yards of knit fabric for $5.
And a bag filled full of zippers, some of them 20+ years old and still in the package, for $0.50. Check out the made-in-the U.S.A. goodness. 🙂
I also found a dress that I actually tried on in Target before I started this whole anti-Target kick. When I tried it on, it was $30. When I found it at the garage sale, in the right size, it was $1. That’s $30 that I didn’t give to a company that uses sweatshops. Not bad.
Anyhow, now it’s your turn. Click on the link below and show me the treasures you made, found, or bought this past week and link back to this post (grab my button or just link directly) so your viewers can join in, too!
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