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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!)
First come, first served. I will go entirely by the time stamp on your email. **ONLY emails to email@example.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.
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!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! Eat and shop safely!