When I am shopping for items for myself or gifts, I love purchasing gifts that are:
- locally made, handcrafted… supporting local artisans and stay at home moms.
- internationally made, handcrafted… supporting women who were rescued from sex trafficking and human trafficking.
- community made, handcrafted… supporting communities who struggle and helping create influx of income to those communities.
- fair trade… knowing that the community/country is not being taken advantage of.
- eco friendly… knowing that I am not damaging the environment with my purchase.
I love to purchase this way, but I can’t always.
Today, something came across my facebook feed that I just fell in love with. I was I wanted to buy the set for myself, or buy it and portion it out into multiple gifts. Until I saw the price. $60 before shipping.
On the one hand, my heart knows the money goes to a good place.
On the other hand, my logical side struggles with paying $60 for something I could make for $3 in supplies.
The artist in me shouts to my frugal side… “you are supporting artisans”.
The steward in me questions… “would you ever pay that much this item if it wasn’t for a good cause?”
I know there are operational costs, and the money that goes to the organization is giving people more than just a paycheck. At the same time, I am skeptical about how much money actually goes to the people in need. Is this a scam?
I want to buy that pretty rolled paper necklace, with the seashells. But, I can’t afford $128.
I want to buy that Christmas decoration, but I can’t afford $60 for a papier-mache knickknack.
I love the peasant skirt and tunic… but I haven’t paid $200 for a single outfit since I was single, living at home, and I am still pretty certain that included shoes, purse, and some accessories.
So, no matter how much I want to buy it… I pass. I may look around and see what lands in my price range. Usually these are things I’d never use, or I end up just making a small donation in lieu of something I can’t wear or don’t need.
If anyone is involved with these types of organizations, I’d love to hear from you. Talk me through the pricing. If I can understand more about the pricing structure, maybe I’ll be more inclined to buy. Or, am I just not your target audience? Are you looking for the person with disposable income?