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Update on Sale of Recycled Clothing

An earlier post discussed the coming regulations for children's clothing and toys, designed to protect them from lead and phthalates. See this update from the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required ...

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Tags: Charity, Kids, Second-hand, Shopping, Thrift
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Sales of Used Clothing for Kids to Hit a Snag After Feb. 9

Children outgrow clothes and even toys so quickly that many parents either buy clothing used, donate their gently-used togs and toys to thrift stores, or sell them on consignment. When the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act goes into effect on February 10, however, these used articles upon w...

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Tags: Add new tag, Charity, Contaminants, Kids, Second-hand, Shopping, Thrift
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The Give List

Now is time of truth. The last few days before the holidays are when simplicity is most likely to be tested. Unexpected last-minute gifts may arrive, forcing us to make fast decisions about expectations for reciprocity from family and friends. Parties that have been planned for are now taking pla...

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Tags: Charity, Community, Generosity, Givelist, Giving, Shopping, Volunteer
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50 Items Under $1.50 at Whole Foods?

One of my favorite food/wellness blogs is Noshtopia, written and photographed by Stephanie Quilao. Noshtopia is a comprehensive food and wellness blog, with a special focus on vegan and raw alternatives to standard health food fare. One of Quilao's earlier posts dealt with the idea that shopping...

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Tags: Budget, Gourmet, Grocery store, Shopping, Whole foods
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Holiday shopping--just don't

Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Turn them away this year. By Dr. Juliet Schor, reprinted from the Los Angeles Times (edited from original) As if American consumers don't already have enough on their minds, we've just had Black Friday with Cyber Monday still to come, the nation's annual rituals ...

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Holiday spending, Shopping
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Before Eggnog: Holiday highs, lows, and the simple path in between

Holiday shopping may appeal to your instincts, but you can don't have to obey. It's begun. The local drugstore is my gauge for the passage of the retail seasons: during the "Valentine season" (which seems to get longer and more elaborate every year), motion-activated stuffed bears wave their arm...

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Tags: Advertising, Holiday budget, Mall, Psychology, Shopping
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