Why we're saying no to Black Friday...

Posted by Mandy Abel on

“What if we started by slowing down and not consuming so much stuff, just because it’s there and cheap and available. It’s amazing how that process makes sense financially, it makes sense ethically, it makes sense environmentally.” Andrew Morgan - film maker and director of 'The True Cost'

While we love a bargain just as much as anyone - we're sitting out for Black Friday again this year (sorry!)

It doesn't align with our business model or ethos - we would much prefer that our products are purchased mindfully because you REALLY want them, not because you are pressured into snapping them up when they are discounted.

If you've followed us for a while, you'll know that with the exception of end of line pieces (and occasional specials when we get a discount from a supplier or shipping costs are favourable) we don't do 'sales'.

Instead -

✨ We are committed to providing ethically sourced products at an affordable price

✨ Our prices guarantee everyone in the supply chain is paid fairly and treated with dignity

✨ We want to make fair trade as accessible as we can ALL year round

To be completely transparent with you - there isn't really room for discounts. Unlike big brand stores with bulk buying power, everything costs more for small businesses, especially where ethical manufacturing and handmade goods are concerned. We don't mark our products up as per the traditional retail model, just so we can run sales - consistent pricing throughout the year means you can shop any day knowing you are getting a fair deal (and that the maker is too!). 

In addition to supporting our fair trade partners, we also support two beautiful charities with regular donations each month.

Mass-consumerism hurts people and our planet - profiting the people at the top and leaving little left over for those at the bottom of the supply chain. If you want to learn more about how fair trade purchases are changing lives, please read the story of Brijesh.

Thank you all for your amazing support of our little store this year - we know times are tough for many but three years in, I still get excited about every sale. I am grateful for each one of you - thank you for being a part of our journey to transform the way we shop for and value toys in Aotearoa.

Mandy xx

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