Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Shopping With a Purpose

wouldn't this be a lovely space to sit at your desk with your laptop and do some online shopping?

So I have to admit...I love shopping. Really. What woman doesn't? Okay, I know there are a few out there...but don't tell me if you don' will blow my theory out of the water. Just let me live in ignorance and assume everyone out there enjoys the shallow pursuit of things - particuarly bargain things - like I do. So when I found out there was a way to make my shallow pursuit of things seem only slightly less shallow, I said...sign me up!

or what about this beautiful space?

Okay, in all seriousness...I love the idea of this website, . I read about it in my latest issue of Home magazine. The idea is, you can shop online via at major participating retailers like Target, Nordstrom, Home Depot, Old Navy, Smith & Hawken and many others, and a portion of the total will be donated to one of their participating non-profit organizations of your choice. There are many worthy organizations participating in this program - enough that the chances are good that you'll find one close to your heart. (I do hope they start including some smaller, faith-based organizations soon, though - there are so many great - but little - organizations out there that are doing very great things with very little help.)

or this one? (can you tell I'm into blue right now?)

Shopping AND giving - now there are two of my favorite things, put together like peanut butter & jelly. If you're like me, you're going to spend money at some of these places anyway. How about we make our dollars work extra hard, and for a good cause?

Image 1: garden offices UK; images 2 & 3: Belle Vivir blog


  1. I think that shoping and giving are an aewsome combination ;)
    Jen R

  2. I agree - what a great combination!

  3. That's a great idea. I'm off to check it out!

    P.S. Love the pic at the top of the post. Beautiful! -Julia :-)

  4. Thanks for sharing this great idea with us, Courtney!

  5. Very cool, Courtney! Thanks for sharing. Glad you got a laugh today, I thought maybe it ruined the post with those tacky ideas, but then I had to laugh myself, you just can't take life too seriously! :-)

    Happy happy day!

    PS. Good job on the redesign below!


  6. I agree great combination, and shopping I LOVE IT !!! and i should definitly sit on the chair at the third picture you show and do some great shopping as well !!...
    have nice day

  7. Great post! (And man do I love that ceiling fixture in the first post!!). We host a little house party "shopping day" among my crafty friends once a year and give a % of the take to a little local non-prof. Great way to have some fun, and make a difference locally.

  8. what a good idea, Laura! I'll have to file that one away to possibly use in the future :-)

  9. Thank you for writing about us:)

    The three ladies of just got back from Chicago after running our booth at the Cause Marketing
    Forum. One of the main things we were talking to nonprofit groups about (and are very proud of) is our "external link" program. This allows smaller more regionally based groups access to our site as a fund raising tool.

    If any of you are interested in this feature just go to the site and click contact and the owner would love to talk to you about it.

    Thank you so much again for finding us and writing about us. We hope to change the way the world shops one "shop"anthropist at a time.


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