Last Friday night I had the pleasure of participating in Shopping With Purpose at the New City Studio. People gathered to do their shopping with a specific purpose in mind, to help others in the process. Each vendor gave a portion of their proceeds to a social justice project or charity. It was one of the most gratifying experiences to watch people interact and purchase my items. Even more gratifying was being able to give half of all my proceeds from the night to Mercy Ministries.
I was set up next to Ransom Me. She had some of the most beautiful jewelry made from bullet casings and feathers. 40% of her proceeds went to Streetlight USA.
One of my favorite new organizations was there also. Wallets for Water makes wallets out of old neck ties and the proceeds build water wells for villages in India. I got the privilege of volunteering with them not that long ago sewing wallets.
Rayetta’s Homemade Treasures was also there. Rayetta sews quilted handbags and donates a portion of the proceeds from every sale to assist people in the Phoenix area living with HIV/AIDS.
Barrio Bikes: Barrio Bikes offers new and used bicycles and parts, quality repair services, and educational training as a burgeoning micro-enterprise of Neighborhood Ministries in downtown Phoenix.
Natalie Gammill, Henna artist, provided temporary tattoos. 100% of the donations go to support the Ashish Center.
One of my favorites of the night was Hand and Cloth. I’m so happy I met them and was able to hear a bit about their mission. Hand & Cloth works with the women of Bangladesh, helping them gain job skills, develop into leaders and entrepreneurs, and experience Biblical values lived out. Working together, the women stitch kantha, a traditional two-sided blanket made from repurposed vintage sari cloth.
It was such a pleasure to be involved in such a great event. I met so many amazing people with a heart for others. I can’t wait to do it again in the future.
Well, tomorrow is First Friday! I love this day of the month as Downtown Phoenix gathers for a large art walk. We have been a part of this art walk more than once. We showed our art at the New City Studio a few months ago. We had such a good time, we’re going back! This time will be a bit different though. Instead of displaying some great art pieces, we will be participating in “Shopping With Purpose” with many other great vendors. Everyone there will be donating a portion of their proceeds to a social justice project or a charity of some kind. Donations will help everything from people living with HIV/AIDS to hunger.
Here is the flier to the event and all of the relevant details.
First Friday Flier 1211 2nd (not to edge)
My shop Chicks Who Give a Hoot will be there selling all sorts of fun things and I will be donating half of all proceeds to Mercy Ministries. They have been on my heart for a while and I have financially supported them in the past. Mercy Ministries have been providing hope and healing to women seeking freedom from life-controlling issues for years. The waiting list for their bibically-based program is just heartbreaking, but the work they’re able to do without any government funding in astounding!
I have been a busy bee getting ready for the show. There is so much that goes into the preparations for a show like this and I can’t wait to be a part of this event and show off all my handmade things. If you’re in the Phoenix area… heck, even if you’re not, I hope you’ll stop by the New City Studio to do some shopping. This is really a great way to make a difference with your gift giving this year.
For more information on the other vendors participating, go here.
Also, be sure to go to the Facebook event and check that you’ll be attending, oh and spread the word!
I have taken a blogging break the last week. I didn’t really ever intend to miss a beat, but I’m learning to not be so hard on myself when it comes to these kind of things. Dawn and I have spent the last 8 months talking about and making preparations for the shop launch, but it all came down to the last week. I still had so much to do in order to make sure that we kept on our schedule. There were several late nights involved.
I know that so many people in the blogging world have their own shops, so it may seem like no big deal… It is such a big deal to me as I cannot remember that last time that I threw myself into such a project. I greatly hope that you all will take a few minutes to check out our brand new website at
We have so many plans for the future of our shop and hope to expand on many things, but I’m super proud of this site and what we have been able to accomplish for the launch.
Well… The time has come for me to officially unveil my plans to launch my much-anticipated shop. Much-anticipated my me I think more than anyone else. My great friend Dawn and I have had our shop plans in motion for months and have finally decided that we are ready to show the world who we are and what we can make. I have spent a ton of time, pouring my heart into this shop and it hasn’t even launched yet. I can’t wait to show you all of our hard work.
Here is the description that will be on our website.
Chicks Who Give a Hoot was born out of a deep desire to create; create quirky, unique handmade items anyone would love to own and create a life for themselves that they have always dreamed of. All of this with a lot of heart, showing the world they really do give a hoot.
For Sara Chambers and Dawn Rochelle Tucker, it was friendship at first sight. They met while working together for a local theater company and quickly found that they had so many things in common and yet compensated each other for their flaws creating the perfect foundation for a creative venture. With Sara’s love and eye for mid-century modern design and Dawn’s love for everything kitchy it was a vintage style marriage made in Heaven.
Oh.. that is right friends, we will have our own website. All products will be sold via Etsy.com, but you will be able to find all the good stuff about our shop and products at http://www.chickswhogiveahoot.com
Launch date for shop and website will be THIS SATURDAY! That is APRIL 30th!!!!
Keep an eye out for the announcement on Saturday and it would melt my heart if you would take the time to stop by the new site and shop.