Bringing Out My Inner Bargain Hunter

My mind tends to treat Black Friday like its own holiday; when I began to get my own paycheck, I really grew to (1) love shopping, and (2) love deals, and it was fun to have one day a year that really emphasized both. However, when I realized the gigantic fast fashion retailers are not always the most ethical or ecofriendly corporations, I committed myself to buying local, independent, and ethically manufactured.

So today I spent a few hours outdoors browsing the wares of local Chicago businesses, wearing an ethically produced outfit!

Outfit details: The socks are from Sockdreams, and are made in the USA from recycled cotton. The dress/tunic is sewn by me, using a linen-rayon blend fabric and this Burdastyle pattern. I modified the pattern by excluding the sleeves, using different colors for the back and front, removing the buttons and sewing up the button placket seam, and bias-binding any hems/edges. The black long sleeve shirt is something I bought a looong time ago.

(Apologies for the terrible photos, I didn’t have much time or space, unfortunately…)

I had a great time browsing stores in the neighborhoods around me, and bought a nice handmade mug for my Mom at Wolfbait and B-Girls, which had a great Black Friday event where they donated 20% of their proceeds from this day to charities of the customer’s choice.

But now that I am home, most of my evening has been spent wide-eyed over the sales that a few of my favorite Internet-based, ethically and environmentally conscious brands are having. I am super excited to support these businesses as well as my local stores, and I hope you are too. I’ve compiled a list of sales that I am aware of, organized alphabetically for your convenience. So, without further ado, here’s what’s going on:

A

  • Alas: $20 off for new subscribers to their newsletter, until 11/28. Organic sleepwear and athletic wear screenprinted with eye-catching geometric patterns.
  • Amour Vert: 20% off through 11/28, with code GREENFRIDAY. Five trees are planted with every item purchased, until the promotion ends.  Simple silhouettes with unique and eyecatching details, some made in the USA.
  • Apolis: Up to 30% off through 11/28 (head to the sale section). Well-made, utilitarian clothing marketed toward men.

B

  • Bambeco: 30% off sitewide with code CYBER2016, through 11/27. Sustainably and ethically crafted home goods.
  • Baserange: Free shipping on all orders above 150 until 11/30. Luxe underwear and loungwear.
  • Beacon’s Closet: Gift card discounts, on 11/28 only. Details here. Well-curated secondhand clothing and accessories.
  • Beklina: 20% off sitewide with code black2020. Unique items, many responsibly produced.
  • Beyond Yoga: 30% off using code BLACKOUT, through 11/27. Yogawear that can double as streetwear, made in the USA.
  • Brave Gentleman: 30% off footwear, free domestic shipping on orders $400 and up, with code BLACKFRIDAY. Footwear and clothing made with animal-free materials.

D

  • Deadwood: 30% off all weekend. Recycled leather goods, known for their leather jackets.

E

  • Ecoalf: 30% off selected products until 11/28. Outerwear and accessories made from sustainable/recycled materials.
  • Edge of Ember: 30% off non-sale items with code GIVETHANKS, through 11/28. Luxe geometric jewelry.
  • Ethica: Sale on selected items until 11/29. A well-curated boutique with clothing, accessories, and beauty marketed toward women.

F

  • Fibre Athletics: Everything is on sale through 11/28. Ecofriendly athletic wear, made in the USA.
  • First Rite: Save 25% through 11/28 with code GiveThanks. Striking, minimalist clothing marketed toward women.

G

  • Groceries: 25% off through 11/28 with code THANKFUL. Simple basics crafted in Los Angeles, some are specially vegetable dyed. Free shipping on all orders.

I

  • Independence: 20% off through 11/28. Utilitarian clothing and home goods, many made in the USA.

K

  • Kayu: 25% off your purchase with code gobble, until 11/28. Striking clutches and bags made from straw and shell.

M

  • Make It Good: 25% off through 11/28 with code DEALSFOURDAYS. Screenprinted apparel marketed toward women.
  • Miakoda: 40% off everything with code SUPERSALE, through 11/28. Beautiful, simple undergarments and athleticwear, marketed toward women.

N

  • Nau: 25% off and free shipping with code SAVE25, through midnight 11/28. Utilitarian outerwear and accessories made from sustainable materials.
  • Nell & Mary: 25% off through 11/28 with code DEALSFOURDAYS. Striking, screenprinted bags and home goods.
  • Nudie Jeans: 30% off seasonal items (follow the links near the bottom of the home page). Organic, fair trade denim and other clothing, marketed toward men.

O

  • Oak Street Bootmakers: 20% off sitewide through 11/28.  Made in Chicago leather boots and shoes, marketed toward men.
  • Oliberté: 30% off everything until 11/27 at midnight. Leather shoes and accessories from a fair trade-certified factory in Ethiopia.
  • Only Hearts: Spend certain amounts and get a gift card (details on their home page), through 11/27. Beautiful lingerie, marketed toward women.
  • Outerknown: 30% off sitewide, “for a limited time.” Hardwearing clothing with a utilitarian bent.

P

  • Pact: Save 30-70% sitewide, through 11/27. Underwear and basics made from organic, fair trade cotton.
  • Proud Mary: 30% of sales through 11/27 will be donated to NRDC and She Should Run. Clothing and accessories made from beautiful textiles, marketed toward women.

R

  • Reformation: 30% off everything, through 11/28. Flattering, made-in-USA silhouettes, marketed toward women. Items are going fast (a couple of tops I coveted last night were gone in my size by this morning…).

S

  • Sock Dreams: 20% off sitewide with code GETYOURSOCKS, through 11/29. Sock store based in Portland, with its own line of ecofriendly, made in USA socks.
  • Soko: 25% off sitewide through 11/27. Free shipping to the US until 1/1/2017. Simple and stunning brass jewelry.
  • Study NY: Web orders from now until 12/25 will be shipped with a free notebook made from scrap fabric. Bold, oversized silhouettes marketed toward women.
  • Swords-Smith: 30% off with code ENJOY30 through 11/28. Unique clothing and accessories, some made responsibly.

T

  • thread & paper: 15% off through 12/2, with code THANKFUL. Backpacks, tote bags, and pouches made from leather, felt, screenprinted canvas, and/or waxed canvas.
  • Tree Hopper Toys: 25% off and a free ornament with code THANKFUL (not sure when this ends). Handmade wooden toys, puzzles, and decorations.

U

  • Upstate: 30% off with code wavy gravy through 11/27. 10% of web sales this month will go to Planned Parenthood, Earth Justice, and Standing Rock. Unique, shibori-dyed clothing and home goods, clothing marketed toward women.

W

  • Wallis Evera: 30% off. Clothing suitable for the office, made in Canada with sustainable hemp blend fabrics, marketed toward women.

For a more detailed and comprehensive list of ethical and ecofriendly brands (with information on pricing, sustainability, and ethical practices), please check out these lists:

Ethical/Ecofriendly Clothing & Accessories
Ethical/Ecofriendly Home Goods, Beauty, Etc.
Ethical/Ecofriendly Stores, by City

And if you want holiday shopping ideas, check out my previous post. In the end, sales come and go, but responsible company practices are year-round. 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

❤ S. (a.k.a. AMisplacedPen)

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