{eco boutique} the rescued collection: an eco, online thrift shop

the propensity to rescue dates back as far as my mind can reach. and not just defenseless animals. dusty, old books? i want them; i'll read them all. antique furniture left in the alley next to my flat? guess who's coming home with me tonight? clothes that no one else wants? i'll dust them off + wear them or reconstruct them. i see value in almost everything.

there's a little online eco boutique called bead + reel that you may already know about {i wrote about it previously here on finny + dill, singing high praises for this woman-founded + woman-run retail shop: that's right, it's entirely run by one fierce woman}, but did you know that owner sica schmitz has created an online resale shop that sells only vegan + ethically made wares? sica also won the sustainable business council's small business award this year. here's what the animal activist, shrewd eco entrepreneur + one of my fave everyday heroes had to say about acknowledging women's accomplishments + why size doesn't matter:

before we hear words of wisdom from sica, a woman with a powerful will, i wanted to take a moment to introduce you to her fantastic new online second-hand shop that she has incorporated on bead + reel, her fab retail website. this is no ordinary collection of pre-loved clothes. the rescued collection is made up of eco, ethical + vegan wares only. which means you can purchase gently used + like new apparel, footwear + accessories from some of the best sustainable fashion labels for a fraction of the original price. 

the average american throws out 70 pounds of textiles each year, according to the council for textile recycling.

and it's so very easy. just drop the free shipping label into your cart, press send; within 24 hours you'll receive the ups label which you can print from home, then ta da! send your package via post, then receive a payment via paypal or keep the credit to purchase a shiny new bauble or that new set of strappy heels you've been eyeing. trust me, this is a great way to save money on eco items you'd like to invest in or to save your garments from the belly of the whale: and my that i mean the landfill. 

and now sica speaketh the truth. sica talks size, and why it doesn't matter: it was very intimidating to enter this competition as a one-person, $100,000 business competing in the same category as $1 million companies with teams of employees. there is a vast difference in resources and capabilities, and i am well aware of that. but for a small sole proprietorship to win means that any individual has the power to build their own business and to start creating their own unique impacts. don't wait until you're "big enough" to change the world; you, yourself, are capable of it right now.

as a woman whose company honors the earth by stocking only products that are made with respect to our natural resources, to people + to animals, i loved what she had to say about the importance of trees:

one of my friends asked how much money came with this award, and i had to laugh. this award offers only recognition, and a tree. a beautiful "giving tree" - a ming aralia, and it was probably the most meaningful award i could have received. my father used to give away thousands of trees every year to my hometown community - little douglas fir seedlings, free to anyone who would love them. his friends and clients and strangers would plant their jace trees - named in his honor - on their properties, and some people had decades worth of jace trees growing at their homes. he died 5 years ago, so he never got to see bead + reel or the tree that i won this week. however, his jace trees live on, a beautiful and constant reminder that our impact on the world doesn't end when we leave this earth. so give trees, and plant trees, and live the kind of life that continues to grow, even after you are gone.

and finally, sica reminds us why female leadership matters: 

bead + reel is an entirely woman-founded, women-owned, woman-run business, and it is only in acknowledging more women's accomplishments that we can start to shift towards a reality where there are as many large companies run by men as by women.

thank you to sica for her work as a pioneering entrepreneur  + a rockin' role model. 

{don't forget the tip} when i first learned that people across the world dispose of used clothing, i was completely discombobulated. the average american throws out 70 pounds of textiles each year, according to the council for textile recycling. that just won't do. there are many options for recycling your gently-worn apparel + footwear. don't send those gently used items to the landfills, instead give them new life by donating them or selling them. now get ready to shop small. want to know what other options exist for redirecting the destiny of those perfectly wearable clothes in your closet? check out this post at litterless. 

{eco apparel: wearing organic cotton top by groceries apparel + fair trade jeans by monkee genes; find your own fair trade treasures at bead + reel}

until next time, stay green dear hearts!

{eco style} vintage paris: for the thrifters at heart

i've been perusing some of paris's best vintage boutiques + thrift shops. this, eco boys + girls, is the way to pre-loved {aka, pre-worn or gently used apparel}. here we go, being green made easy:

chine machine

buy, trade or sell at chine machine. expect a rad selection, a line for the fitting rooms, and crowded quarters on top + bottom floors {because they know where to find the good stuff in paris} 

montmarte // 100 rue des martyrs, 75018  // 01 80 50 27 66

second location // 10 rue des petites ecuries, 75010 // 01 77 17 03 62

vintage system

the owners of pretty box {a swanky, by-appointment-only vintage boutique that opened in 2002} have now brought us vintage system. expect a quaint atmosphere + unique items scoured from far ends of the earth. 

le marais // 17 rue barbette, 75003 // 09 80 79 95 05

mad vintage

expect ample room to stretch out at mad vintage {this place is extra large}, a well-organized selection of every possible style of clothing you can imagine {arranged by color, style + season} and no waiting in lines for the dressing rooms. this is a place you'll score at. every single time.

le marais // 66 rue st denis, 75001 // 01 40 39 06 14

le marais // 46 rue st denis, 75001 // 01 49 27 09 44

le marais // 139 rue saint martin, 75004 // 01 44 59 38 18

le marais is calling

vintage désir

looks like a hair salon, acts like a vintage shop. don't mind the "coiffeur" sign out in front. they know what's going on inside this svelte venue. vintage landslide within. 

le marais // 32 rue des rosiers, 75004 // 01 40 27 04 98


kilo shop

choose, weigh, take away. verrerie locale: someone with a passion for organizing is in charge over yonder because this is one mighty tidy shop. mix of new labels + vintage labels. big space, big selection: beautifully + systematically organized {with super signage}. saint germaine locale requires imagination: put your latent anthropology skills to work by digging for a would-be treasure; don't expect fancy digs there. ready, set, thrift.

125 bvd saint-germain, 75006 // 01 43 26 00 36

69-71 rue de la verrerie, 75004 // 09 67 13 79 54

39 boulevard saint-michel, 75005 // 01 43 54 15 03


staff is fantastique here: they are multilingual, multitaskers + multifriendly {i just made that word up}. verrerie locale is jam-packed with great vintage finds + eager vintage hunters on the prowl in this slender space, and they mean business. be strong, the selection is worth it. itsy bitsy upstairs space hold more bins with more treasures {priced as marked}. keep your eye out for the bin at the front of the shop filled only with $1 finds. only the brave may approach this highly-trafficked area.

52 rue de la verrerie, 75004 // 01 42 76 03 72

61 rue de la verrerie, 75004 // 01 42 78 00 76

20 rue de rivoli, 75004 // 01 42 77 63 43

a r o u n d   t o w n

espace kiliwatch

something old, something new. this sizable space mixes threads from new designers with vintage treasures. 64 rue tiquetonne, 75002 // 01 42 21 17 37


this dutch vintage apparel chain has finally landed in paris. the folks at episode want you "be responsible + get used."  i suppose we can acquiesce. 12-16 rue tiquetonne, 75002 // 01 42 61 14 65

vide-greniers the empty attic

these vintage menageries came highly recommended by a fellow lover of rummage sales + antiques, and now i'm in, too. clothes, books, toys, furniture: everything vintage under the sun in one place, and on many dates. check schedule + locations for some of that antique lovin'.

remember, eco friends, only shop when you really need something, and try finding a pre-loved piece at thrift shops + second-hand stores. otherwise don't shop at all: get outside + explore this great, green planet of ours. 

until next time, stay green dear hearts! ♥