October 27, 2008

Indie Shopping: A Guide to Sidestepping Mainstream Consumerism

Less Stuff, Less Stress, More Time:

better world shopper
Center for a New American Dream

i buy different.org
Kiva.org
Local Harvest
OECD: Is happiness measurable and what do those measures mean for policy?
Right 2 Vacation
Take Back Your Time
The Mother of All Blogs
TransFair Canada
Transfair USA | Fair Trade Certified
The Virtuous Consumer

Parenting Articles:

Give Away Your Guilt - Parenting - Family & Relationships Article - Yahoo! Canada Lifestyle
Grandma's Quilts - Parenting - Family & Relationships Article - Yahoo! Canada Lifestyle
Holiday Board Game - Kids Stuff - Family & Relationships Article - Yahoo! Canada Lifestyle
Holiday Stressbusters - Body & Mind - Health & Fitness Article - Yahoo! Canada Lifestyle
Kid Made - Kids Stuff - Family & Relationships Article - Yahoo! Canada Lifestyle
Managing Kids' Holiday Expectations - Parenting - Family & Relationships Article - Yahoo! Canada Lifestyle
Teacher Gifts Gone Wild - Kids Stuff - Family & Relationships Article - Yahoo! Canada Lifestyle
The After-Holiday Blues - Body & Mind - Health & Fitness Article - Yahoo! Canada Lifestyle
The Difference Between a Wish List and an Order Form - Parenting - Family & Relationships Article - Yahoo! Canada Lifestyle

Fair Trade and/or Conscious Consumer

Conscious Consumer Marketplace :: green and ethical shopping choices
Coop America Green Pages :: screened and approved green businesses
Global Girlfriend :: purchases support microloans to women
IndigoCoffee.com :: fair trade organic coffee
Ten Thousand Villages :: fair trade gift items

Handmade, Vintage, and Art Supplies @ ETSY.com

Chasing Lightning Bugs :: collage, quilted items, calligraphy, original drawing
Dahlila :: urban crochet, vintage button bracelets, cards and supplies
Eclectic and Unexpected :: my own shop; mainly vintage ephemera and old books
ImagineArt7 :: fun and fabulous art supplies, ephemera, and more
Is There a Shadow? :: mixed media art and supplies from Australia
KarrieWelbornPhotos :: photography; often nature-themed
Life is Good at the Beach :: laptop sleeves, crocheted hats and more
Lisa Hurwitz :: Original art and prints, many of which focus on motherhood
Miss Avocado :: Gorgeous original illustrations. I have purchased many copies of "I Will Fly."
Pancake and Lulu :: handspun art yarn, organic/natural undyed yarn, etc.
Pork Chop Show :: handmade art supplies; fabulous and affordable
Ruby C Quins: Beach Finds from Scotland :: beach pottery, sea slate, and sea glass
Salvage Nation :: vintage ephemera, antiques, art supplies, and more
StoriesDivinations :: journals, sketchbooks, ephemera, art supplies, and more

One-Stop Charitable Giving and Charitable Giving Gift Certificates

CanadaGives.org
CanadaHelps.org
JustGive.org

Fun and Funky Secondhand, Thrift, Upcycled Goods Shops

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Peterborough, Ontario
Highland Grove General Store, Highland Grove, Ontario

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Just one question: how to add your blog into my rrs reader, thanks so much.

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Ann

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