This past weekend I went to the Renegrade Craft Fair for the first time with Sara. It is basically a curated space where local artisans can share their talents and where you can buy amazing things from these talented makers. Walking past almost every booth had me oohing and ahhing, and wishing I had more money. And also wishing I it was not April so that I could buy something.
After a long while of circling and seeing what was out there, we kept accidentally going back to the 3rd Season booth (or maybe it was fate?), where they had these effortless and cool dresses that caught my eye. It must have been the third or fourth time of passing by the rack that I finally caved and told myself that I would just try them on so that I didn’t have to wonder what could be, and that I could think about it for the rest of the month and buy it in May.
It could’ve been the heat melting my brain. It could’ve been Sara enabling me. It could’ve been the cool girls–Alycia and Mabel who are the boss babes behind 3rd Season–who helped me figure out how to tie this dress (it’s more complicated than it looks!). Somehow I ended up taking this dress home with me (along with a really adorable clay catch-all tray with a cactus painted at the bottom).
At first I felt guilty for breaking my No-Shop-April vow, but the more I thought about how much I loved this dress, the guilt slowly melted away. I then thought more about the whole purpose of doing these no-shopping month challenges. The reason I challenge myself to taking a break from shopping for months at a time was because I needed to slow down. I needed to slow down and maximize my closet. I needed to slow down and make purposeful purchases. I needed to slow down and find out where my clothes came from, and how my clothes affect our planet. It was not meant to restrict me from buying clothes altogether, but rather, to let old habits die.
We talked with Alycia and Mabel for a while and they told us their story of how they got started. Their clothes are exclusively made in LA, utilizing deadstock fabrics that they source also from LA. I fell in love with their story and with their clothes, and I knew I had to take a bit of them home with me.
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