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Giveaway :: Far and Wide Collective

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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There is one surefire way to make sure your life is full of sunshine: surround yourself with color, texture, and good design. I’m pretty sure this is a good recipe for a life well-lived as well, if we’re being honest. Another way is mindfulness. When we make conscious consumer decisions, we become inherently engaged in a way that means more than those impulse buys at the cash register. Mindful shopping brings a harmony into your home because you know that each purchase you made honors the intention behind each purchase. Try it, you’ll see what I mean.

Hedvig Christine Alexander of Far and Wide Collective has created a beacon of hope in the sometimes oversaturated consumer market. Let me have her explain it in her own words:

At Far & Wide Collective we have a passion for discovering the beautifully unique and carefully made things one can only stumble upon in the tucked-away workshops and rural village markets on exotic travels. We have found these products – and the people who make them – and we are bringing them to you. We know that if we do, we are helping to build a more sustainable infrastructure in many of these communities and countries for the future.

Far and Wide Collective curates some of the most beautiful items I have come across in a very long time. From exquisite throw pillows to gorgeous bangles and bracelets, Far and Wide Collective is the type of online store you can feel good about supporting. And, guess what, you’ll look good, too!

Far and Wide Collective is giving away one Beehive Throw Pillow to one lucky winner!  To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Wednesday, July 10th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Far and Wide Collective and tell us: What kind of a shopper are you? How much does the story behind the brand influence you?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, July 22nd, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 1
    Juliet Farmer says:

    i try to shop locally, and try to find unique organic sustainable products to purchase. As for the story behind the brand, that definitely helps steer my purchase. 

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    Brittany K says:

    BARGAIN definitely. if there is a coupon or sale involved, i’m in! i love love love the feeling of getting  a deal!

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    Deanna says:

    I like to read blogs and magazines and am influenced by what I read about in my shopping.  The story behind the brand influences my somewhat but I appreciate if it’s local, organic, small business, etc.

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    Courtney J says:

    Although it depends on what I’m shopping for, I tend to gravitate towards items due to how they appear, but if I’m really interested in buying the item, I’ll look closely at it (if it’s food, then the ingredients, etc). I’m also an intuitive shopper, where if I feel good about what I plan to buy or I continue to think about the item after leaving the store (if I didn’t buy it), then I take that as a sign that I really do want to buy the item. Stories behind the brand do not always influence me, but it’s nice to find out about the story.

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    Rachel S says:

    I like to take my time and buy pieces that I know I will love for a long time to come.  I try to buy locally, but when that’s not an option I look at the company’s community involvement, recycling efforts and make sure they do not participate in animal testing.

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    Stacey Tenenbaum says:

    I like to buy hand crafted gifts from local artisans. Usually I do so when traveling – but this is the next best thing. It is great to have beautiful things that are unique and remind you of a person, experience, or place. Buying off this site also gives you the added good feeling of knowing you are helping people who really need and deserve the extra money and support for their craft.

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    Jennifer says:

    The story behind the brand means a lot to me. For example, I always choose environmentally products when I’m able to. And, I choose to shop at small businesses whenever possible. I run a small business that caters to other small businesses, so I know the importance of every dollar of revenue. I’ll always pay more for something that is hand crafted by a local artist, and I tend to favor those types of items when gift giving. When shopping at Target, I use my store credit card because a percentage of my purchase is given to the school of my choice. So, yes, the story behind the brand is important and does affect my purchasing habits.

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    Nikki says:

    I am a very purposeful shopper.  Even if it’s just school supplies and aluminum foil (which are sometimes the most important because they are so consumable) I only purchase & bring items into our house that we feel good about.  Criteria: useful, needed, aesthetically pleasing, smells good–and it’s ALWAYS better to hold out for the items, brands, or services that are offered by business owners, artisans, companies, or brands that have a philosophy or mission statement that is compatible with our beliefs.  We are self-employed and consider ourselves citizens of the world, stewards of the earth, purchases that we make reflect that.  Knowing the story of a company, service, or product is an extremely important factor!

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    EMcB says:

    My shopping style is mercurial.  Sometimes I’m drawn to an item because it’s unique and evocative. Other times I just want to encourage its creator, e.g. recently bought 2 prints at a high school art show, even though I have zero wall space available. I’m usually cautious, circling back to a store/site repeatedly until I’m convinced that my love is true. But I’ve also been known to buy on impulse. Thankfully, that’s generally limited to stuff under $20!

    The story behind a brand can definitely be an incentive or a disincentive to buy.  I love to support an ethical enterprise, a cool indie shop, or an interesting artisan.  I try to be aware of the track record of the bigger companies too, and let them know what I expect from them if they want me as a customer. The April factory collapse in Bangladesh was a tragic reminder of the need for that… 

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    Emily B says:

    A lot. I’m a sucker for companies that either donate to people in need (TOMS) or that provide a venue for poor, foreign individuals to sell their handmade goods (10,000 Villages). In general, I try to support local, family businesses (I recently had an older gentleman fix my sewing machine that works out of his house and he did FANTASTIC work) and, when I shop online, I look for quality, handmade products made by individuals who are passionate about their work.

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    Liz K says:

    To be honest it varies.  But I have made a conscious decision recently, after the tragedy in Bangladesh, to be more aware of where my purchases come from and how they impact the world. 

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    Lauren P says:

    I don’t focus so much on the brand per se as I do on the story. Most of my purchases come from estate sales and antique shops because I like to know the provenance behind the item. I love history and adding my own story makes it all the more special. 

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    Meg T says:

    I’m a very careful shopper. We’ve been in medical school/residency for most of our marriage and I’ve had to be very mindful of how we spend our money. Now that my husband has a “real” job, those habits have stuck. I can research a pair of shoes for months before buying them. I want things that I LOVE and that will last. Saving money isn’t the only thing that motivates me though. I’ve been known to spend triple for chocolate that is fair trade and have been searching high and low for the perfect carry-all that is beautiful and made with good practices. The story behind the product is very important to me. I now see the chain of how a product is
    made and know that it wasn’t without cost to someone or something. I want my owning something to have blessed someone else, not hurt them.

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    sam says:

    Am definitely a bargain shopper but do love it when there is a great story behind a product and knowing that it helps an individual or family out is awesome.

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    cindy says:

    I am an impulsive shopper!! When I see something that speaks to me- i buy it. The good news is that I’m pretty picky about what speaks to me and once I buy something i keep it and use it FOREVER. Yes- even clothes. They have to literally fall apart in order for me to get rid of anything 🙂

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    Peyton D says:

    I love mom and pop, handmade shoppes! Hence my attraction to etsy! Everything is different from the usual things we buy, and having something handmade is better than any name brand!

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    Jenni says:

    I am a browser and I often get distracted by shiny things. 🙂 Whether online or in-store, when something really stands out to me I will make a beeline for it. Some may call me “flighty”, but I like to shop with my heart leading me. I love handmade items because they have a story to them, but I only like items that are handmade and retain an exceptional quality. I like products that stand the test of time. If they can be handmade and filled with someones dreams and designs then it makes it all the better!

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    Tiffany says:

    I used to buy anything with that red tag, a good deal meant I had to have it! As I’ve gotten older and have realized STUFF weighs me down I have become much more selective. I still usually buy on sale but I really contemplate if I want it because it’s a good deal or because I need it or LOVE it. My husband and I have also made it a point to support local artists and farmers. We adore our farmers/craft markets. It’s always fun to meet the person who took such care in creating the product you get to take home.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I like to purchase things with character so a story behind it really helps me grow attached to it..I also love it when I find it on sale it makes both my mind and wallet happy

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    christie says:

    i love bargain and thrift shopping. most of my items (household furniture, clothes) are from thrift stores, ebay or craigslist. big fan of small business saturday as well. 

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    Hedy says:

    I’m always on the hunt for a great deal, but quality definitely wins over price most of the time. If it’s handmade, local, or from an artisan, even better! I love supporting artists and their products are always unique. 

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    Sue K. says:

    especially when it comes to home decor, i like to buy vintage! i love shopping at thrift stores and flea markets. 

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    Erin says:

    I am an eclectic shopper – I like to pick up a neat little something wherever I see it and I don’t like things that are too matchy-matchy. I LOVE items with a good story behind them, because I always love things that, in turn, take on a story once I own them. Things are fun in and of themselves, but things can become IMPORTANT when they embody memories.

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    Elizabeth says:

    I am a major hybrid shopper.  Here’s why:  I grew up in Montana where shopping meant getting as much as I could for as little as possible and brand mattered only in terms of how good a deal it would be to spend $5 on it.
    Then I lived in China, where I owned 8 items of clothing total, but lavished money on an expensive dress made by a lovely tailor.  Then I lived in Scotland, where I had to have warm clothing and the brand mattered in how much it could perform.  Then I lived in the East Coast, where brands, for the first time mattered.

    What matters to me now?  Beauty, physical and spiritual.  I make myself go with my first impulse – if I don’t IMMEDIATELY love it, no way.  If the people who are selling it aren’t doing something beautiful, no way.    So, I don’t have Tom’s because I don’t like the way they look.  I love Tom’s.  Instead, I buy clothes from a local tailor, and try to have less. I aim for one beautiful pillow instead of 15.  I still have a major “save-save-save!!!!” impulse, which makes me WEIRD, but then I force myself to really look at things.  To see them, to see the company behind them.  It helps, although it makes my head spin a little.  🙂

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    Sydney says:

    I like the quirky, the weird, the unique, the forgotten item left to the side. I prefer dumpsters and sidewalks to designer stores or name-brand items. An old crockpot once held someone’s magical food memories. The ragged dresser was a focal point of a special room at some point. Why not re-purpose it and add that story into your own?