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Update on PINK HEART shop sales

On Friday I made a second donation to Dress for Success Worldwide. It felt really good.

On November 10, 2016, I opened a shop-within-a-shop in my Etsy store, the Pink Heart Shop. 100% of the proceeds from this shop go to Dress for Success. So far, all thanks to my wonderful customers, I have been able to donate $297. I have had a lot of really positive responses.

A few of the diverse vintage items in my Pink Heart Shop right now

 

Many I know have been inspired to live their convictions in the wake of the November elections, and I’d like to highlight one person in particular. She is a friend—a vintage connoisseur with a penchant for 1950s styles—who has consigned many beautiful vintage fashion items with me. We made an agreement about her percentage of each sale. This partnership has been going on for years.

When she heard about my Pink Heart Shop sales, my friend asked if I would add some of her items to the Shop, which I did. Later she came back with this:

I’m wondering if you would consider taking the rest of the items I sent and just donating my portion of the sales to Dress for Success? 

What do you mean? There are many, many items... 

I mean that the items are yours and 100% of what you receive that would have come to me can go to Dress 4 Success. 
 It is a good, even great, cause. I believe in helping other women grow & grow & grow. 

And that’s the point of the cause. According to their About Us page, “Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 145 cities in 21 countries and has helped more than 925,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.”

Dress for Success photo

Dress for Success photo

 

(My friend Tweets and Pins as Spiritual Feminist—you should check her out. This is her website.)

Friday I made a donation, yesterday I took part in the Women’s March on Spokane.

I have also just donated 10% of proceeds on all non-Pink Heart Shop items to Save the Manatee Club, to help protect this beloved endangered species. This too is ongoing for me.

Human rights, the environment, public health, education... There is a lot at stake right now. In fact, one of my favorite signs from the march yesterday read TOO MANY ISSUES TO FIT ON A SIGN.

But many people (like my generous friend) give me hope.

Photo by me (Margaret Wilds)

Photo by me (Margaret Wilds)

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the PINK HEART shop

As you probably know by now, 10% of my sales go to Save the Manatee Club, for the protection of this beloved endangered animal. I am thrilled that so many of you are eager to help this great cause!

In addition, starting today, there is a section within my Etsy shop with 25+ vintage fashion items. When you purchase any items from The Pink Heart Shop, 100% of your purchase price goes to Dress for Success Worldwide.

Dress for Success is a top-rated international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 145 cities in 20 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 925,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.

Visit the 

Dress for Success website

for more information about this fantastic organization.

Visit

The Pink Heart Shop

and come back often to see what’s new.

Call it a fight for the metaphorical pantsuit—after the U.S. election, I feel compelled to do something for the empowerment of women.

Fashion by Rodier Paris, 1971

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Shop for good, vintage style

Usually in December I highlight a cause that I want to support by selling a certain percentage of my listings for that cause. Right now, I can't go so far as to take a month to do this as My Own Cause is a little needy too. But then this weekend I heard that food banks are in dire straits right now, and I know there isn't much to give for many of us, businesses and individuals alike. Many causes are hurting. Maybe if we all threw in a little, it would make a real impact.

I'll start: I have an early 50s silk dress on eBay, with an opening bid of $19.00, and 25% of the end price will go to Feeding America, which is a reliably top-notch charity. Their mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks. Each year, the Feeding America network provides food assistance to more than 25 million low-income people facing hunger in the United States, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors.

See the dress here.

A seller that has turned to selling for her local animal rescue organization is Fuzzy Lizzie. Lizzie is among the all-time greats of online vintage sellers, I can absolutely vouch for her integrity and knowledge. Even better, 100% of the proceeds from her Etsy store will benefit her local animal rescue organization, sargeandfriends. A few of her extremely well-priced and cute vintage items:


Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
dbfinds.etsy.com


Checking over on eBay, I discovered a great vintage eyeglass vendor michael10730 with several listings benefiting Dogs Deserve Better. Who wouldn't want these 1950s aluminum frames, (starting bid $15.50, and shipping is free) especially if a wagging tail goes with them?



Some of us can help by selling, some of us can help by buying, but I figure it takes a lot of people doing a little to make up for the shortfall from which virtually every cause is suffering.

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