Tie-dye is best known for adding flair to dull clothing, but the design has also played a role in reinvigorating football helmets, military tanks, and Burt Reynolds's mustache. Embrace color bursts with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of fair-trade clothing, accessories, incense, and more at Phoenix Traders, located on 7th Street.
Cultivating fair-trade artisanal relationships, Phoenix Traders imports clothing and accessories from around the world, including a cornucopian clothing selection ($15+ each) that lets wardrobe-enhancers step back into the pullover ponchos and synesthetic color swirls of the '60s and '70s. Warm up with handmade wool wear from South America or Nepal, or safely carry around an edition of How to Become President of the Moon in a retro purse ($15+). Customers can brighten the area around wrists and necks with fair-trade Nepali silver jewelry ($15+) or boost their carrying capabilities with a recycled silk bag.
Olfactory users can peruse Phoenix Traders’ huge selection of Nag Champa and other incenses, ideal for coaxing lemurs out from under the couch or to relax worn-out minds. Treat skin right with precious oils, bath salts, and handmade African black soaps imported from Nigeria and Ghana.
215 7th St.
Rockford, Illinois 61104