I’m honored to have a guest post today featured at The Root Collective.

I’ll be honest, I’ve never thought much about where my things come home. I know that most of what is purchased in the United States is made overseas, much of it in poor conditions. But like many other things I just couldn’t think too much about it. Mostly because I didn’t think I had much choice in the matter.

I am however, a frugal mama at heart. I think it comes from getting married when I was still a student and we spent every dime of our paycheck almost every month on essentials like food and rent. Then we bought a house and I decided to stay home with our children. Frugality for the win again as I learned to make things myself, buy fewer packaged foods and generally get by on less. After ten years of living like this I became frustrated and wanted to upgrade my style a bit. I found some sources for inexpensive and trendy accessories. Some of them I loved. Others were cheap disappointments. Ever so slowly I started thinking about whether these products were a bit of a waste.

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