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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Beautiful Clothes From Beautiful Women: The Open Arms Shop {Giveaway}

So have you ever thought you were sharing your latest find with someone only to discover they found it years ago?  DOH!  I did just this thing a few weeks ago with The Open Arms Shop based in Austin thinking I was sharing my lastest scoop with Jen Hatmaker.

Well come to find out, the lovely Jen Hatmaker wrote about this very store 2 years ago and has known them since before that.  Well, of course she did.  Let's let the embarrassment fade and move on, shall we?  Watch this short video while I collect myself.



I was so excited because, Y'ALL, this is some of my favorite things all rolled into one.  These are CUTE CLOTHES that are ETHICALLY MADE IN THE USA by women who were REFUGEES!  Let's nor miss the fact that this is GREEN.  Better yet, the prices are really good.  I love a good deal and this is a GOOD deal, emphasis on GOOD!  Doing good, buying good, feeling good (seriously, don't their skirts look totally comfy) - it's all GOOD!


Here is a bit of why they do it:

At Open Arms, we are committed to providing refugee women in America a living wage (the baseline hourly income necessary for food and shelter [including housing and incidentals such as clothing and other basic needs]) which typically runs $3-$7 above the federal minimum wage.

Combining ESL and enrichment classes on an as-needed basis with family-friendly hours, this meaningful work and living wage are intended to set these women and their families on an upward path of integration and prosperity.

Open Arms is not a charity, but a "social enterprise", a sustainable, for-profit company working to achieve a social purpose through the materials they use, the products they sell and the impact they have. As such, Open Arms measures its success against a triple bottom line that is economic (employ), ecologic (engage) and social (enjoy).




You can shop now and receive the beautiful holiday Sparkle Infinity Scarf free as a gift with a $50 purchase.  There is even a gift tag if you have someone in mind who would love it, you know - other than yourself!  Isn't that little wrap of silver velvet just perfection on that white???


Here's the crazy fun part.  The Open Arms Shop is giving one of these away to a lucky reader, just in time for all of your Christmas festivities!!!  What amazing generosity!!!  You can enter multiple times, but it will be fast.  This ends Friday night!!!

Good luck and go check out The Open Arms Shop.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

23 comments:

  1. Well, I hadn't heard of it before so thank you for sharing it here! :) Going to check it out now...

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    1. Love when that happens! Hope you find something cute! :)

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  2. Oh Girl... I am all about this! I LOVE this... and sadly - just another way I am NOT as awesome as Jen Hatmaker... I didn't know about this company! (and a scarf? Well now... you know I am all about the love of scarves!)

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    1. So many ways I'm not awesome like JH - but so many ways she isn't awesome like US! You know about the store now. :) Just entered your great giveaway, too. And scarves, come on now!!!

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    2. Congratulations!!! Hope you have something cute to win with that scarf. If not, you know where to find something - The Open Arm Shop! I'll be sending you an email with instructions.

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  3. Thank you for sharing it here! I hadn't heard of it before and I am so much a scarf girl.

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    1. Well, Amy, get thee to The Open Arms Shop and find you something pretty. :)

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  4. Oh, this is so great, Amy!!! Thanks for sharing. There is a blue and white scarf on there that I just love.
    And I hadn't heard about it either. :)

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    1. By the way- I tweeted before I realized that was an option for rafflecopter... :)

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    2. Yay!! Aren't the rosettes cute on those scarves? Thanks for sharing, friend.

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  5. The graphic gray-pink butterfly skirt is so cute! Love it!

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    1. Then you should ask for it for Christmas!! It would be super cute on you! :)

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  6. What a great find! And I do love me some scarves!

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    1. Who doesn't?? Well, Jacque Watkins, but that's her blog post. :)

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  7. What a cool company! Thanks for sharing this, Amy!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I love sharing world changers!

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  8. Ooh, my favorite is the flourish skirts! So pretty! and I love the red/grey striped scarft, too!!!

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  9. LOVING the skirts. Had to make a new wish list for my hubby :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. The skirts are adorable!!! Hope he finds that list and goes shopping for you there. :)

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  10. Amy - Thank you for hosting this giveaway and telling the Open Arms story! Can't wait to see who wins....All the best from the Team at Open Arms.

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    1. Thank yo so much for your generosity and all you do with these inspiring women. It's been an honor telling even a little part of your story.

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  11. Saragossa Jackets: one-of-a-kind, reversible jackets made from upcycled vintage saris with kantha hand stitching. See Diane Blotner at the Dallas Fashion Market January 25-27. Showroom 14343. http://saragossafashion.com/

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