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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Last chance to shop before Christmas

On Saturday, December 10, we're hosting a sale at our home location, Mango House in Aurora. We want to finish the year on a financial high note for our participants, and we also need to raise money for our studio rent.

In addition to selling the beautiful items our participants make, we're also selling off our impressive yarn stash ($1-$5 a skein), some craft supplies, items that were donated that we can't or don't use, items that didn't pass quality control, and all kinds of stuff that's taking up room in our studio. We want to start 2017 in a space that is less cluttered and more accommodating to the makers and creators who gather there. We also need to raise money for our 2017 rent!

Please come, nibble some cookies, drink some tea, and shop! We accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

We need sales event staffing help. Seriously.

Hello, friends!

Recently, we posted a call for help on Facebook. Our very busy sale season is about to launch, but we just don't have the help we need to staff the craft fair and fair-trade sales we attend. Although we had a wonderful response from people who said they'd help, in the end, no one followed through by committing to work a shift on the sales schedule. We're looking at a rather robust calendar that we won't be able to complete unless we can round up volunteers.

What this means: If we have to pull out of these scheduled events, our members lose income and, frankly, we're likely to lose our studio space since we won't be able to pay the rent. If that happens, A Little Something will essentially be forced to close up shop and go out of business. This is not an exaggeration. Our annual operating expense including rent is close to $6,000, and we earn the bulk of that at the events we attend between October and mid-December. We do not have any grants or angel investors.

If you live in the Denver area and you can help us out or know people who can, please ask them to read this post and get in touch with our volunteer coordinator.

Here are all the details:
  • If you were unable to attend our volunteer training, but still want to work some sales, that is *no problem.*
  • November events are listed below in order by date, and include location name, address and hours of operation. (December events to come soon). As previously mentioned, we will need help with set-up, table staffing and tear-down, including loading and unloading inventory. Additionally, help with transporting inventory back to our office is always appreciated.
  • Please keep in mind that sales can be broken up into multiple shifts; if you prefer to work a full day though, of course we welcome that. Also, if you can only do a set-up or tear-down shift, but cannot work the customer service portion, we appreciate that too. 
  • These events are how the refugee women in A Little Something earn income from the beautiful items they craft. If we can't attend, our members won't see much-needed income. 
  • If you can commit to help us out, reply to indicating your availability, and please include the sale name, date and specific day & hours you are available to work. We do our best to schedule at least 2 people at all times.
Our volunteer coordinator, Uta, will send confirmations as she receives your replies and will typically follow up with final sale and staffing details about 5 days prior to a sale so you know who you will be working with.
We appreciate any help you can offer!!

Fri-Sun 11/4-11/6
 Global Gift Fair 2016
Atonement Lutheran Church
6281 W Yale Lakewood 80227

Set-up: Fri 11/4 5:30-8:00 or Sat 11/5 8:00AM
Sales: Sat 11/5 and Sun 11/6 9AM-2PM each day + tear-down (Sunday)

Fri-Sun 11/4-11/6
Goods for Good
Denver Presbyterian Church
2 Viking Drive, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113

Set-up: Fri 11/4: 5-7PM
Sales: Fri 11/5 7-10PM and Sat 11/6 10AM-2PM + tear-down (Saturday)

Fri-Sun 11/4-11/6
Fair Trade Holiday Market 2016
Park Hill Church of Christ

Set-up and Tear down only. (The church manages the sales portion.)
If you want to shop, the sale is open: Fri 11/4 3PM-7PM; Sat 11/5 9-3; Sun 11/6 11:30-3PM

Set-up: No help needed.
Pack up and Pick-up: Sun 11/6 3-4:30PM. Or Mon 11/7 9AM-3PM

Fri 11/11 - Sun 11/13
Alternative Gift Fair 2016
Evergreen Lutheran Church
5980 Highway 73, Evergreen, CO 80439
*Offsite parking with shuttle service

Set-up: Friday, 11/11 2-5:00 pm. – OR - Sat Nov 12 8:30AM
Sales: Sat 11/12 9am-4pm & 11/13 Sun 9am-3pm + tear-down

Fri 11/18 - Sun 11/20
World Gift Market 2016
First Plymouth, 3501 S Colorado Blvd., Denver ( at Hampden & Colorado Blvd.)

Set-up: Fri 11/18 3-8PM
Sales: Sat 11/19 9-4PM; Sun 11/20 9-2PM + tear-down

December sales will posted soon. We have four more events coming! Again, if you can take on a sale or even just a shift, please send an email to Uta at indicating your availability.

Thank you!