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.
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