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How To Be a More Conscious Consumer This Holiday

  A Festive and Heartwarming Holiday Message from Hand Me Up! Warm wishes and festive greetings to you and your family as we embark on this magical holiday season! At Hand Me Up, we believe in celebrating not only the beauty of the holidays but also in nurturing the spirit of conscious consumption and mindful gifting that adds an extra layer of enchantment to this special time of year. As we prepare for the festivities that await, we invite you to join us on a journey that is not just about what we give but how we give it. Yes, we're talking about the wonder of gift-giving, a tradition that fills our hearts with anticipation and delight. This morning, we...

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Declutter Closets With Purpose

A Fresh Start for Your Closet: Decluttering with Purpose As the seasons change and we welcome new beginnings, there's no better time than now for a closet clean out. If you're like us, you may often wonder what to do with clothes that no longer serve you or your family. At Hand Me Up, we've got some ideas to help you navigate the process, ensuring that your clothing finds a new purpose. Decision Time: What Condition Are Your Clothes In?  1. If the items have never been worn or barely worn, it's time to sell them! Below are some options: Local Consignment Store: A clothing consignment store is a retail establishment that accepts gently used clothing and accessories from individuals...

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What's Fair Trade?

Maybe you’ve seen the label Fair Trade certification on your chocolate or coffee, but what exactly does this certification mean? Fair Trade is a global movement that promotes fair wages, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices for farmers and artisans in developing countries.  It's a system that ensures producers are paid fairly for their products. For example, when cocoa farmers sell their cocoa beans to make chocolate, they get a Fair Trade minimum price per ton. Here's why it matters: Protection from Price Changes: The price of cocoa can go up and down a lot in the market. Sometimes, it drops very low, and that's not great for farmers. The Fair Trade minimum price guarantees that farmers always get a...

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The Story of Us

We're Kara and Nicole, the founders of Hand Me Up, an e-commerce solution to help families shop secondhand with ease while keeping textiles out of the landfill. So, how did we get here? Sit back and relax, we’d love to share.  Our friendship began when we were 14, and we quickly bonded over all the things, including tortillas and queso. As high school friends, we often shared clothes, shoes, and accessories, raiding each other's closets to create new outfits. (Yes, we loved ALL the Y2K trendz.) When we became moms, our shared passion for fashion evolved into a desire to create a more sustainable future for our children.  Nicole discovered the world of ethical and sustainable fashion after college. She...

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