What is Bought | Beautifully??

by Emily Betzler March 20, 2013 8 Comments

What is Bought Beautifully? Woman holds fair trade accessories

What is Bought | Beautifully? That's a great question.  Bought | Beautifully is a project that exists to help people find beautiful products that give glory to God.  The story behind it is rather long, years in the making actually!  But, ultimately, it is a part of our response to following God and His call to us in Micah 6:8, to:

 act justly, seek mercy and walk humbly with our God.

There are thousands of different ways that this verse can be lived out everyday in everyone's life.  However, several years ago God starting revealing to us that one way we can live this out is through our purchases and how and where we spend our money. We started to realize that the economic choices we make matter.  And that choosing which purse to buy, can and should be decided based on a lot more than what color or pattern I liked best. Because behind each purse or purchase there is a story and these stories have social, environmental and even spiritual implications.  

We realized that every time we put our money behind a product that is mass produced in China with no regard to the environment or a product that was made Asia by child labor we were supporting these economic and societal structures.  So we realized we had to change.  But change is slow.  Really slow if you are someone like me and you really love cute funky products and fashion and convenience and you have a busy full life and making purposeful changes takes time and energy  and that sometimes is just hard to come by.

However, we continued to slowly change our spending habits, thinking before purchasing, seeking to know the story and impact behind the products that we bought, and striving to see that our money and our purchases had a positive impact.  But it was hard!  There were a lot of companies out there doing good work and creating beautiful products but they were hard to find or hard to order from.  The ease and convenience of traditional shopping was always luring me back.  It was clear to me that there was a need to make this type of shopping more convenient and easy.  But It wasn't as clear that maybe we could do something about it.  Believing that we could  "why don't we be part of the change we want to see in the world? "(Thanks for the inspiration Gandhi, what a brilliant idea!) 

And now here we are. Dreaming big. Trusting God. And trying something new. Wanting to love and support our brothers and sisters who are doing good, beautifully work by sharing their products with the world or at least our friends and family :0 So, welcome to Bought|Beautifully!  We are so glad you are here. And we cannot wait to share all the truly beautiful that we find with you.





Emily Betzler
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8 Responses

emily :)
emily :)

May 08, 2018

Thanks Sara! I will. Can’t wait to see you stateside soon :)

emily :)
emily :)

May 08, 2018

Thank you so much, Michelle! I can’t imagine you are a weeny, from you blog it looks like you are quite the go-getter. Thanks for the encouragement! – Emily

Sara
Sara

May 08, 2018

You might want to check out http://womencraft.org/

emily :)
emily :)

May 08, 2018

Thank you so much Aimee! Love you too!!!

Michelle
Michelle

May 08, 2018

Fantastic! This blog site warms my heart, encourages me and makes me want to stop being such a weeny!. Beautiful. I look forward to more. :)

aimee
aimee

May 08, 2018

I love you!! Praying God gives you the power and love to continue on this journey! Excited to see how He will glorified :)

Colin
Colin

May 08, 2018

I love you!

cindy
cindy

May 08, 2018

Hi! I love this entry and new blog. So thankful that you are doing this, that the sandals are beautiful and that they fit. I love you too.

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