Shop Local Transformations

Over the past four years LoveLiveLocal has become a resource for Cape Codders who are wondering where they can purchase things locally. The past two years our own Amanda Converse has both explored her own shopping habits to share where there might be challenges with regard to spending the majority of her dollars locally, as well as answered others’ questions about where to shop local for their wants and needs. This year Amanda will mentor self-selected individuals who are trying to change some of their own shopping habits in order to ensure they invest in their community as much as possible. 
We’ve been working with Lauren Leverone, the new owner of Cape Cod Cornhole, to curb her Amazon habit and make more of her purchases locally. One category that Lauren identified as a definite need is clothing for her, her husband and her two kids (daughter, age 5 and son, age 6). Keeping in mind where they live (Sandwich), we made recommendations based on their needs and proximity to their home.As with most families, Lauren’s children go through clothes on a fairly consistent basis due to growing and “just simply ruining them because of activity.” A great affordable option for kids’ clothing is to shop at locally owned consignment shops such as Mommy & Me in Falmouth, Kidz Closet in Sandwich, and Consigning Kids in Yarmouth or at one of the large consignment events that happen every year: Cape Kids Treasures and Little Sea Star. For special occasions there are great shops that carry the cutest kids’ clothes like Kid & Kaboodle in Orleans, Caline for Kids in Falmouth, or Pocket Full of Posies in Osterville.For her husband Chad, who “only really buys t-shirts and jeans if he has to,” we recommend shopping at Puritan Cape Cod where you can find the most stylish casual and dressy clothing for men (they also have a killer warehouse sale every summer in Hyannis), Mass Bay in Hyannis where comfortable staples abound, Mocean Cape Cod in Mashpee Commons which carries clothing perfect for the Cape Cod lifestyle, and of course our LoveLocal Fests where we have many amazing t-shirt purveyors – most with a mission and all locally owned.As for Lauren, there are so many local options for shopping for clothes that fit her lifestyle (she is a hairdresser who likes to be comfortable and professional at the same time), so we’ve kept it close to the Upper Cape so that it doesn’t feel like a trek and there will be no excuse to not shop for herself! Sundance Clothing is opening a new location in Sandwich, Cape Chic located on Falmouth Main Street offers the dressy casual vibe that Lauren is going for, Green Eyed Daisy is perfect for a special occasion dress or go-to piece, and Underground Fashion also in Falmouth is the new place to go for jeans and an upscale casual look. For shoes The Shoe Salon and Ooh Ooh Shoes in Mashpee Commons are great options for new and the Buyway Boutique in Falmouth for gently used.

An important thing to remember is that local clothing stores might not necessarily have the ridiculously low prices that some national chain stores have, as they do not have the constant inventory streaming in from fast fashion factories overseas, but the local business owners invest in our community in many different ways all year round, and when you spend more money on your clothing you are bound to appreciate it more. Not to mention most of the shops have incredible sales at some point throughout the year!

Do you or someone you know need help reforming your big box store or online shopping ways? Email us at hello@lovelivelocal.com and we’ll help you on your journey!

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