It only takes a few frigid winter evenings spent putting your 2014 taxes together to make you realize that some of your comfy home-decor items may need a refresh--you know, those warm yet tattered throws covering your legs each evening at the computer? But how can you possibly justify springing for home goods with Uncle Sam staring you in the face?
Here’s how: The Citizenry, the Dallas-based online home decor and accessories store that makes spending charitable.
The Citizenry works with small-production artisans around the world to design and create home accents like pillows, throws, rugs and baskets, and then gives 10 percent of each purchase to the artisans’ communities through entrepreneur development grants.
Think old-world, hand-loomed throws made in the Peruvian Alps with 100-percent super-soft baby alpaca hair ($135), and hand-carved Mugavu and Teak wooden trays ($150)—perfect for holding design magazines and candles on your coffee table.
So far, The Citizenry has partnered with artisans in Peru, Argentina and Uganda. Now they’re looking to further their partnerships in Uganda with artisans in Nakawa who work with the naturally shed horn from the Ankole cattle--the huge longhorn cattle native to Uganda. The horn is used to craft jewelry, cups and sculptured artwork.
Talk about a win-win: You get a revamped spot to do your taxes, plus a charitable donation write-off.