Pay what's right for you
I deeply love humans doing creative acts that require obsessive amounts of time, that use materials mindfully, and make values-aligned choices along the way--and I believe in financially supporting those humans at a level that enables the real amount of love and energy they are showing up with. At the same time, I also believe that art and adornment should be accessible to all, and it’s very clear that we live in a world where colonialism, white supremacy, and capitalism make a few people wealthy at the expense of everyone else and the earth. So, in a teeny tiny attempt to narrow the gap, shall we try a little pay-what’s-right-for-you experiment?
If paying the full price of these whimsies would cause you to be less secure in your ability to meet your basic food, health, housing, or essential transport needs, I invite you to use one of the magic codes provided in each item description. No questions asked--you are the only person that can choose the price point that best reflects your ability to pay, based on your individual context. Next to each whimsy, I invite you pay at three wonderful and acceptable different levels. If you are still not sure what feels right for you, perhaps use the following* as a guide:
Consider paying less if you...
- are supporting children/dependents
- have debt
- have medical expenses
- are eligible for public assistance
- have immigration-related expenses
- are an elder with limited financial support
- are a community organizer/activist
- are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history
- experience discrimination in hiring or pay level
- are descended from enslaved people or identify as First Nations (I recognize that much of my privilege has come at the expense of these communities)
Consider paying more if you...
- own the home you live in
- have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
- travel for recreation
- have access to family money and resources in times of need
- work part time or are unemployed by choice, including unemployment due to full-time school in a degree-earning program
- have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.)
This is a map inviting all of us into a reflection about our areas of privilege and an inventory of our financial resources. Making the space for this reflection actively resists business-as-usual. While I ask you to join me in this experiment, please don't stress about it. Pay what feels right for you.