This past weekend I made my first truly intentional purchases. I have a 4 ½ year old boy who absolutely refuses to stop growing. I also live in a location that insists on having roughly 4 seasons a year. Because of these two factors, my little guy is in need of new summer clothes.
In light of recent events and convictions I went on a quest for shirts. It is possible to find fun t-shirts, shorts and other summer tops that I know have been manufactured under safe and decent wage conditions (e.g. made in the USA). But… hold on to your wallet!!! I am NOT in the habit of paying $36 for a T-SHIRT – not for anybody’s body!
To say that a bit of a paradigm shift is needed would be an understatement. To say that winning the lottery would be helpful might also be an understatement.
I finally settled into Nordstrom’s website to check out my options. Lo and behold there were even some items on sale. I found two cute t-shirts that I ordered a little large for maximum wear. They are both from Peek, which has an exclusive retail arrangement with Nordstrom, and sells from its website and a handful of its own stores. Peek is an American company that manufactures at least part of its product in the United States.
I have a Nordstrom credit card that I got several years ago. We pay off our bills every month, so this is something I use for the perks. One perk is free shipping for online orders. I have also installed the Pure Charity browser plug-in for shopping. I was able to earn 4.5% for my giving fund at the same time. This was $2.33 just for making a purchase that I felt better about anyway. Now that will go directly to charity. You can read more about that and sign up for your own Pure Charity account here.
I have other ways that I will be clothing my child this summer planned. I’ll share those in time. This is my start. A baby step. I have to start somewhere if I hope to make any difference at all.
What baby step can you make towards being a more intentional shopper?