Over the last several years, we’ve been really making an effort to spend our money wisely. It started with gift-buying. We really started trying to be conscience of where we bought gifts and do everything we could to buy local or buy artisan through some place like Etsy. Then it creeped it’s way into our Eating Out model. We don’t eat out often but when we do we try to stick to our “Locally Owned” choices in town. We hunt down food trucks instead of going through a drive thru. We don’t hit Dunkin Donuts, we hit the Donut Truck that parks up the road (Big Foots Little Donuts). We don’t go to Starbucks, we go get tea from our local tea shop (Piper and Leaf). We don’t go to ice cream parlors, we go to our local chocolatier (Pizzelle’s Confections). I ordered screen printing from a local shop where I walked in and saw their equipment (Green Pea Press) instead of a “fill in the blank” type place online. That’s a lot of dollars that make a lot more difference if we shop local than if we go to TGIFridays. We have not done the best job at focusing on Farmer’s Market’s for produce, but there are a lot of reasons for that. We’re hoping to try to rectify that situation by at least checking out Plentiful Produce in our area, to make the steps in the right direction.
SO! Those are the type of steps we’ve been making. And it’s changing our mindset so we put a LOT of value into ethical production of product. Cue Rickshaw Bags.
You order a bag from this company and LOOK HOW IT IS MADE. This is as close to buying local as you can get. And we carry a LOT of bags in this family. And I guarantee you none of them were made in this type of environment. Hell, I’m pretty sure none of them were even made in the U.S.
We can stress about taxes and legislation for funding wars or programs we don’t agree with. But the QUICKEST way to help our country, the most DIRECT way our money can make country better, is to buy local. Either local in your community…or local in our country. Instead of spending $100 on a handbag that has a recognizable logo or zipper (I carry a Fossil bag with the keyper zipper) – I could spend $70 on a bag and know how it was made and can carry it with pride. And let me tell you: I LOVE MY FOSSIL BAG. But I’m not “proud” of it.
But…I do love my FOSSIL bag, and I’m also trying to be of the mindful of WHEN I buy and try to ONLY buy when I really want/need. Here is the model I love.
SO! I can’t justify buying a bag just yet. My FOSSIL bag is perfect in every way. But…BUT…LOOK WHAT ELSE THEY MAKE…Moleskine cover that also held your cell phone. I DIED. I DIED A LOT.
So, do I need that? No. Do I really want it? (Which is a FINE reason to buy something.) Yes. A million times over. YES. YES. YES. And that’s what I bought. And it will be here September 16th. And we will have a party to celebrate it’s arrival because it may be the most awesome thing I’ve ever bought. Ever. In 90 million years. I CAN NOT WAIT.