In honor of July I thought I’d *finally* introduce what I’ve been working on for months now: Conscious Shop Collective. It’s based on this big idea I had for a collective that would be 1) a member based directory of ethical and conscious shops, and 2) an editorial destination that shared how you can creative both a creative AND conscious lifestyle.
I basically wanted to show off a lot of cool brands and put them all in one easy place for shoppers to discover. I also wanted it to be attainable and encouraging. Because I don’t think that avoiding sweatshop-produced clothes or opting for handmade décor should be near-impossible, as it sometimes currently feels. The cool thing about Conscious Shop Collective is that it’s not just a list of shops I like. It’s not just a community. It’s not just a blog. It’s all these things and more. And, it’s also not just a place for USA-made items or handmade or eco friendly or fair trade. If you have a shop with intentionally made goods, take care in where you source your materials, and are totally transparent with buyers, you’re a conscious shop.
The point is that it should be easier for both shop owners and buyers to connect, and that both should be able to live the life they love without feeling like to be conscious they have to sacrifice creativity or art, and without feeling like to make a purchase they have to turn to mass-produced, exploitative stuff. I loved selling my own products, but I’ve really started to feel like my place is to use writing and photography and social media to be involved in other ways.
I’m excited to say that Jennifer of The Blog Market developed our website + Charity, who you know from our vintage selling + photography adventures together, is also behind it. I’m also thrilled to be collaborating with some really amazing shop owners. I’ll be showing off their pieces with original photography, interviews, giveaways, and more. And I’m adding more shops to our collective everyday.
PS Etsy friends, I’ve only added those with self-hosted ecommerce sites so far. Just didn’t want any confusion about me vs. Etsy. Obviously, Etsy has helped us all so much in learning the business of handmade and connecting with each other, so I’m still thinking on how to further the work of all you who sell there exclusively.