Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Gratitude Sale!

Hi everyone, and welcome to the Gratitude Sale!  It's the week of Thanksgiving here in the US, and I am giving thanks for all of the good things that have come to us this year.  It's time to clean out the sewing room and raise a little money for charity at the same time.

UPDATE:  I've decided to keep this sale open until the end of the year.  Congratulations to Tami, our giveaway winner!




I have listed the items for sale on three of the tabs above, right under the picture at the top of the blog. (Patterns are listed with notions.) There you will find all kinds of treasures to bless your sewing room and help you turn fabric and thread into fun quilty things. Those of you who read all the way to the end of this post will find a small Thanksgiving giveaway, too!

Let's get started!

Here's how it works:

1.  You spend some fun time picking out stuff you want from the tabs above.
2. Send me an email (academicquilter@gmail.com) with your list.  **ONLY emails to that address count.  Comments on this post (or any other) will NOT reserve any items for you.**
3. I will check your list and make sure that everything you want is still available, then send you a friendly email with a total and anything else you need to know. 
4. You choose one of the charities below and make a donation in at least that amount.  Consider rounding up! Never fear, the items will be set aside with your name on them as soon as I get your email, so they won't be "sold" before you get a chance to donate.
5. You send me the acknowledgement or receipt from your donation.
6. I tote up your postage and tell you how to pay it.
7. You pay the postage!
8. I send your items!
9. We both do a happy dance!


It seems like a lot of steps, but it's really easy!  Additional information, some ground rules, and disclaimers are below, but for now, here are the charities I've chosen:

I've picked three charities for this sale, all of which are highly rated and use their donations very wisely.  We have donated to them many times and are confident in their integrity, but you can check any of these out for yourself on Charity Navigator or other evaluation sites:

Partners in Health, a global health organization. Right now they are dealing especially with the after effects of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. If you want to know more about their work and to donate, click HERE.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the primary research center for childhood cancer.  No child is turned away because of inability to pay.  To find out more about their work and to donate, click HERE.

Fisher House Foundation, a "home away from home" for families of military personnel or veterans receiving treatment.  There are 71 Fisher Houses in the US. To find out more about Fisher House or to donate, click HERE.

(For this one, you can donate either to the Foundation or to your local Fisher House.  Either way works!)



Additional information:

First come, first served.  I will go entirely by the time stamp on your email.  **ONLY emails to academicquilter@gmail.com will count**  Comments on this post or any other do not reserve any items for you.

Please note that I'm not going to haggle over the prices. I think they're fair and I hate arguments, so please don't ask. 

If you aren't comfortable donating online: Be aware that you probably will get more emails if you donate online.  This is how all charities raise money and is just a fact of life.  These three are pretty good about opt-outs, but if you don't want to, I will take your money and donate it (cross my heart!).  Be aware that you won't get a tax deduction, though.

If you don't want to use Paypal:  Paypal is MUCH easier and very secure, and you can use a credit card. But if you don't want to do that, you can also pay by check, either personal, cashier's, or money order. Send an email so that we can talk about it. I will send you my address, you send a check, we wait until the bank says it's cleared, I send your things. We both do a happy dance!

Shipping options: Well, shipping is a fact of life and I can't afford to send it all without charge, as much as I would like to.  We can talk about shipping options and prices when I tote up your order.  Your choices are basically between flat-rate envelopes and boxes and regular padded envelopes sent by weight.  I have a postal scale and can weigh your items and estimate shipping options when I send your total. (Even if you only order books, I'm not comfortable with media mail.)

Any other questions?  Either send me an email or leave a comment here.  I'll get back to you as quickly as I can!

This sale will end Saturday morning November 26 or when everything sells out (cross your fingers!).  Everything remainig will be donated to various charitable organizations--books to the library sale, for example.

Giveaway!

Did someone say giveaway?  Yes!  What's a Gratitude Sale without something to be especially grateful for?  I am especially grateful for all of you who read this blog, so here's a small token of that gratitude:


Two fat quarters of Gardenvale, plus a blue fat quarter of a beautiful Kona solid!  To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post with something you are especially grateful for this year.  This is open to anyone, and you won't even have to pay postage! I will choose a winner after dinner on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.  

The giveaway is closed!  Tami was the winner!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Eat and shop safely!

14 comments:

  1. Hi Mari. You know I have been reading for a couple of years now. I love following what you do and this is a great idea. I am so greatful that we have the oppotunity to change our lives and hope for a better year in 2017.. take care...

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  2. Wow. I have just had a look at what you are selling... I wish I was working. Some of those fabrics are just lovely. Yes your prices are amazing.... good luck for your kindness....

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  3. My DH had thyroid surgery for a nodule, it came back benign so we are very thankful for that. Happy Turkey day! I have a Gardenvale charm so these additional fabrics would work perfectly to get a little bigger quilt to donate.

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  4. What a wonderful idea I hope you are all sold out by the time you get this. Four years after 4 by-passes I am still here to watch my grandchildren become hard working adults with every level heads. Now I would be even more thankful to becoming a great grandma but there is only so much one can hope for I guess.

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  5. Wonderful way to clear things out AND do some good at the same time! Wishing you great success. One of our greatest gratitudes this year was the safe delivery (albeit early) of our grandson, his continued growth, and his mother's full recovery from her own scary issues associated with the delivery.

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  6. I'm especially grateful for health this year. I'm pregnant with my 3rd and went through a few scares during the first trimester but we're both healthy and strong now. Being healthy doesn't seem like a big deal until you aren't healthy anymore!

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  7. Great post, and great idea for a gratitude sale. What a win, win, win!!! I will head to the tabs and see if there's anything I need. There's so very much to be grateful for, every day! This year, in particular, I am grateful,that my daughter has spent only three weeks in the hospital (she has cystic fibrosis and some years we are in much more often), I am thankful that both of my girls are happy and active doing things they love, I'm grateful that my husband has had safe travels for work, and for an on line sewing community that inspires me!

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  8. I have sooo much to be thankful for, how do I choose just one? Today I will say my joy of sewing -- the comfort I get just fondling my fabric, the calm from the hum of my machine, my safe place...I am thankful for knowing how to sew! Anita at perhapstoday@twc.com

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  9. Mari,

    OMG, you must've put in so much time and effort in organizing this gratitude sale. I hope it is a great success. Next year, may be we can do a joint sale. I have received books that can go to a good home and help support a cause too.

    Hugs,
    Preeti.

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  10. I am grateful for so many things, one of which is our friendship. Very thankful that we got to spend an afternoon together last summer.

    Just sent you a shopping list and I am off to make a donation!

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  11. This year I am especially grateful for the online quilting community. This year I was finally brave enough to start the blog that I had been thinking about for years and the response and support from people doing the same thing has been phenomenal. Having that kind of support is so important when stepping outside your comfort zone. I feel that I have made some good friends and hope to grow those friendships and gain more in the coming years.

    And what a great way to clean out your sewing room and help some great causes!

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  12. I am grateful for so many things this year but especially the fact that the late news just gave a forecast for rain possible next week! It has been so dry here and now so many wildfires near us. Just found your blog through Needle and Foot's blog and loved your idea for the Gratitude Sale.

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  13. I am thankful especially for my health. I have eye sight in one eye. I have adjusted and now able to sew again--needle, thread, machine quilt. I am blessed.

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