The (Skeleton) Key to Shopping Local.

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MAKE-UP | JEWELRY | VINTAGE

IT’ A SECRET … {TELL EVERYONE}.

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ABUNDANCE COOPERATIVE MARKET | PEPPERMINT | MACHINATOR CHAOS 

TREASURE TROVE VINTAGE

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Today’s #ootd: 1980’s bouclé sweater – Treasure Trove Vintage. Handcrafted necklace – Machinator Chaos.

There are 3 undeniable best-case scenarios when shopping

  1. Sale
  2. Everything Fits
  3. Shopping Finds You

Over the past 2 weeks, all three happened to me. And that’s exactly where I’ll start – #3. That’s what this post is dedicated to: The (Skeleton) Key to Shopping. Keying yourself in to the very spots + circumstances that make shopping feel:

  • fit
  • fun
  • and flawless

your skeleton key awaits

NATURAL FOODS MARKET – It’s not just the food.

I love shopping Abundance Cooperative Market. It’s on Marshall St, near downtown, just off Monroe, and it’s: Quiet. Uncrowded. Local/Organic/IPM/Non-GMO/Fair Trade. Delicious. … Plus, they have a beauty isle. I strongly encourage all of you to buy:

and

  • Make-up! Abundance is where I bought this Mineral Fusion lip balm. Only $9.99 {well-priced compared to its competitors} + friendlier to the face.

{ Bonus: It’s the perfect dewey-pink to give me that – Oh, I just woke up like this – look. }

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…I woke up like this? Mineral Fusion lip color – Abundance. 1980’s cardigan – Treasure Trove Vintage. Necklace – Machinator Chaos purchased at Peppermint Trunk Show.

 

TRUNK SHOWS – They’re not just for connoisseurs. 

Stepping inside Peppermint is like going to the cool kids’ party. You belong. Peppermint on Park + Meigs rivals any boutique I’ve ever been in (which includes: Davos, Switzerland; Rome, Italy; Paris, France; and those along Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain.) Owner Tanvi Asher:

More?? … Decor rivals the racks. Tanvi is an:

  • entrepreneur, designer, and seamstress {think Asher Bridal}
  • who creates artistically renowned window displays and interior store decor.

{ She a lady boss. }

She also hosts Trunk Shows for artists like Machinator Chaos. Meet your favorite artist face-to-face + sip on wine or champagne and snack on treats. Aside from having the opportunity to buy this incredibly well-priced handcrafted industrial necklace from Machinator Chaos and meet its maker (who is another young Barb!), I love Trunk Shows. They are:

  • Affordable – quality, one-of-a-kind, well made, handcrafted art.
  • Unpretentious – who says class has to be an ass?? Not me. A Peppermint Trunk Show: vibe is always right.
  • Awesome – self-explanatory.
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Look at that craftsmanship! Handmade by Barb of Machinator Chaos. Purchased at Peppermint Trunk Show.

VINTAGE SHOP – You don’t have to be rich, a fashionista, … or a grandma.

Do yourself a favor and find your favorite vintage–or thrift–shop in town. If you’re from Rochester, NY, look no further: Treasure Trove Vintage. Convenient – it’s in the same building as Peppermint on Park + Meigs!

{ Pssst – Everything is well-priced. Sweaters range from $15 – $20 pops a piece. Coats are a steal! Get your winter-on, now. }

At this point, a good 75% of my working wardrobe hails from TTV. Day dresses, party dresses; sweaters, skirts; casual wear, work wear; shoes, bags. I could go on. Why do I find Treasure Trove irresistible?

  • On Trend – Morgan, owner, has that eye. Every single time I’m in that shop, I find exactly what I’m swooning over. At Treasure Trove Vintage, it exists.
  • Quality – Morgan is a pro. All pieces are in premium shape. Combine that with the tendency for older clothing to be made better, anyway, and … you will own this piece for another 20 years.
  • Fit – It fits. All of it. I’m not talking miracles. (An XS still does not fit me.) I mean decades. Be it ’50’s waists, ’60’s hemlines, ’70’s styles, or ’80’s cuts … clothing from Treasure Trove Vintage fits, really well.
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The iron broke… 1990’s pencil skirt – Treasure Trove Vintage. Picture doesn’t do it justice.

I’ll be honest

I didn’t mean to shop the past 2 weeks. Shopping found me. Quality, Unique, Affordable, Handcrafted, Good for Me + Good for my Community shopping.

{ Psst. – For all my #ShopLocal finds … Follow me @babsiell on Instagram. }

I love when that happens. … Now go find your Skeleton Key.

#shoplocal

XO.

Spotlight: Eat Local – Abundance Cooperative Market.

 EAT LOCAL

ABUNDANCE COOPERATIVE MARKET

FAIR TRADE | LOCAL | ORGANIC | NATURAL |  IPM | NON-GMO

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1420

527 South Ave

Rochester, NY

Monday – Friday: 8AM-8PM | Saturday: 9AM-7PM | Sunday: 10AM-7PM

Newly located in the South Wedge, on South Avenue, rests Abundance CooperativeMarket. If quality fashion sets trends before they’re in, Abundance–The Co-Op for short–is en vogue.  Local + Organic since 1968. The current location of Abundance was established in 2001. Since 1968, The Co-Op has supported what big stores wouldn’t. Farmers. Orchards. Diary. Local. Organic. As a cooperative, Abundance keeps business decisions local! To learn more about shareholders, visit the Abundance website.

CONVENIENTBig enough for Choice | Small enough for quick Selection

LOCALLY OWNED: Owned by Shareholders | All decisions made Locally

HISTORICAL: Local + Organic is not just a trend | Local+ Organic is a Lifestyle

CONSISTENT: Every item is: Local, Organic, Fair Trade, IPM, +/or Non-GMO

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GET IN. GET OUT. SAVE THE WORLD.

Conscious Convenience. Where else can you consume, do it quickly, and save the world? This past winter on Tuesdays + Thursdays, I drove to Greece to tutor a friend’s son. Typically, I returned to Rochester around 7pm and, undoubtedly, a midst heaps of snow. Where could I grab a quality cup of Equal Exchange Fair Trade French Roast to keep me warm + re-energize? Abundance Cooperative Market. Whether I grab one thing, or everything, I shop quickly + I shop mindfully when I shop Abundance. Need 10 more Top Reasons to Shop Abundance: Check out their list!

{EXTRA Organic Avocados + Bananas. If you can’t Buy Local, Think Global. Abundance organic avocados + bananas are regularly competitively priced. They are affordable for us, and sustainable for our world. Good for your wallet + good for our world.}

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NOT YOUR TYPICAL GROCERY STORE

Like any grocery store, Abundance offers various discounts, has a prepared foods section with sit-down cafe, and Abundance sells a variety of gifts! Unlike other grocers, The Co-Op has its finger on the pulse of local events. An expansive Community Wall and targeted selection of specialty magazines tune me into sustainable activismand other social events.

“A study in 2012 found that $1000 spent in a co-op generates $1600 in a local community – that’s pretty impressive, we think.” – Chris Whitebell, Marketing Manager for Abundance Cooperative Market

MY ALWAYS PICKS

Sustainable. Healthy. Affordable. Local. 4 products I will always choose through Abundance:

COFFEEEqual Exchange Fair Trade means I support coffee co-ops for the best beans + the best work environments.

MEAT – Free range. Hormone free. Local. Learn more about Standfast Farms here!

LIP BALM – Green Power + Petal Power lip balm (and hand salve) are made locally from all natural, local organic ingredients by the non-profit Rochester Roots to fund the Clara Barton Urban Farm at School No 2. To learn more, see below!

EYE GEL – Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity Revitalizing Eye Gel on sale for $12.99 is less expensive + just as effective as its competitors at other grocery + drug stores.

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Does Fair Trade coffee + hormone-free, free-range meat cost more? Sure. But they taste better, they are better for me, and they are better for my world. Just like the local wines and craft beers we regularly purchase. They’re worth it! 

AFFORDABLE

Affordable Options. Walk into Abundance today, without prior knowledge of specific deals or specials, and you will still find competitively priced goods + foods. Abundance is part of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA). This allows for competitive pricing on fair market, quality goods. Abundance abundantly provides everyday low prices, no matter what.

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1. Everyday Low Prices. In addition to naturally well-priced items, Abundance has a Basics Program. This guarantees competitive prices on staple goods. From bulk to grocery to refrigerated and frozen to supplement and health and beauty, The Co-Op commits to being “shop-able” for everyone interested in the best.

2. Co Op Deals. There are also Co-Op Deals available to all shoppers! Unlike a grocery store or market’s specialty card, these deals apply to everyone. You can visit the website or in-store in print twice per month. I recommend e-news!

{ EXTRA Follow on FACEBOOK + TWITTER. Lots of deals publicized here, too! }

3. Coupons. Just like any grocery store, you can find additional manufacturer’s coupons. Abundance often leaves them out on the grocery shelves!

4. Shareholder Discounts. A Co-Operative means that the company is owned by shareholders where 1 person has 1 vote. These shareholders decide the fate of the company and store. To own your own share of Abundance, it costs $100, 1 time. Now you get extra deals! Check-out the perks:

  • one-time purchase of share for $100, no annual fee or recurring costs 

  • choose one day a month to get 10% off your purchase

  • get discounts on special orders

  • take advantage of owner-only deals 

  • share in the profits: receive possible 

  • dividend pay-outs relative to how much 

  • you spend

  • vote for candidates to join the Board of Directors at annual meetings 

  • vote on bylaw amendments and other items as proposed by the Board of Directors

  • run to be elected to the Board of Directors 

  • volunteer for further discounts on your purchases 

  • help build a stronger local economy and community

The Expensive Items? They also exist. Here’s the best part. You’re not paying for advertising and packaging. You’re paying because you’re changing. From environmental to economical to societal issues: your money is an agent of change. Still too much? No worries. Choose another item. All grocery stores have a vast range of prices that we choose or choose not to buy. At Abundance, an abundance of options exists.

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{ EXTRA Interested in CSA? Community Supported Agriculture is an inexpensive + easy way to eat produce from and directly support our local farms! Peacework Farm CSA was at Abundance the day I visited. Greg Palmer is a farmer here. I felt humbled to meet 1 man responsible for providing us an abundance of healthful food. }

EVENTS

IMG_6308{ EXTRA Abundance hosts + partakes in numerous events. Check out these 2 important sustainability + awareness events for next week!! THURSDAY 4/24 – ROCHESTER ROOTS | SATURDAY 4/26 – EARTH DAY BIRTHDAY }

INVESTMENTS

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Rochester Roots. Green Power + Petal Power hand salve + lip balm are all-natural, locally made Rochester Roots beauty products from the organic Clara Barton Urban Farm. Proceeds raise funds for this bare-field-turned-sustainable-farm that is also a teaching tool. Who. Knew.

Who knew about Rochester Roots?? This non-profit, run by Jan MacDonald (who took over from founder Allison Clark) innovates community food systems. In partnership with Rochester Roots, Clara Barton (teacher at School No. 2) is developing an 8 week Sustainability Curriculum. Who. Knew.

Abundance Cooperative Market knows. Abundance invests in and teaches you.

STRONGER TOGETHER

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Abundance abundantly supports our local and our global economies. Daily, it can support you. We can support Abundance.

Thank you to Abundance Cooperative Market and Marketing Manager Chris Whitebell for interview + tour!

#shoplocal

#eatlocal

#discoverlocal

#abundancelocal

XO.