After my initial disappointment this morning from reading the majority in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, my next thought was:
Great, where am I going to waste my paycheck on a decorative birdcage now??
You see, it seriously violates my religious beliefs to purchase junk at a store that has terrible company policies for women. I have a compelling interest in achieving my Pinterest dreams while being a decent, live-and-let-live human being. For that reason, I am done shopping at Hobby Lobby.
Also, because it smells weird in there and the lighting gives me a headache and they’re stingy with their coupons. But mostly because Hobby Lobby corporate is slimy.
Luckily, it’s not a substantial burden for you or me to buy cheap crap from other stores. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say, it’s a substantial pleasure to not shop where CEOs creepily pick and choose what lady employees can put in their bodies under the guise of religious freedom. Here are a few alternatives:
HomeGoods does awesome things like raise money for cancer research with the Dana Farber Institute. Their employees who provide customer service are usually upbeat and helpful. Their fake flower nursery is on point too, y’all.
2. A thrift store
This place is full of crap, and cheap! Plus, if you shop at Goodwill, your money will likely be going to fund employment programs so that folks won’t have to work at places like Hobby Lobby.
Like the thrift store, but free. Probably filled with broken Hobby Lobby picture frames.
4. Your grandma’s attic
Treasures! Loot! Antiques galore!
Yes, Grandma’s rosary beads and judgmental tone of voice might make you feel bad about whatever you’ve decided to do with your body, but at least your insurance options aren’t up to her.
5. Joanne’s Fabrics
Essentially the same as Hobby Lobby, but less ickiness and more contraception. There’s a summer clearance going on right now. I’m planning on stopping by for some fabric to make a new outfit for my IUD insertion day.
6. Home Depot
No, stuff here isn’t as cute as say, HomeGoods or Joanne’s, but a with bit of creativity, you can easily make that centerpiece you saw in Martha Stewart Living. Plus, Home Depot associate policies get it right. Same-sex benefits are extended to partners. The company is a huge supporter of the Special Olympics and is well known for hiring disabled people. If you need a good, happy cry, go read the Home Depot employee policies.
Like Home Depot, Costco has model employee policies. Granted, their selection as far as crafting supplies is limited. Still, I’d rather struggle to make a quilt out of cashews, knife sets, and Gloria Vanderbilt mom jeans before buying a yard of Hobby Lobby fabric.