As much as I am doing great at not buying supplies, I find myself looking for things for the studio. Like these...
Now for the bad. After HomeSense I decided to go to my community second hand store. I love looking around and you never know what kind of goodness you can find while thrifting. It started off well as I found some amazing vintage children's books cira 1950. They look awesome in the den and just may even get read some day by a future grandchild, if they still read from books by then. ;) It went down hill after that when I spied these and recognized them.
I talked to the lady in charge of donations and told her my sad story. I asked if she knew who specifically had brought them in. She understood my upset as I explained that the wool used on these hats cost between $5 and $7 each. I explained that I am not criticizing their pricing but I am just upset that they didn't go where they were supposed to. I bought back these 11 hats for a whopping $5.50. She wanted me to just take them but I told her that I was happy to support her store as I know how much they help our community and give back.
So, I was really mad. I called Susan to vent and can't help but wonder what happened to her awesome little apple hat and mitten set. Was it sold for $1? :( Did it not go to some little girl who would just feel so proud to wear something so original and sweet. :( The sad thing is, we gave some of our knits to this same organization again this year. We are going to talk to our contact person because if they have some of our knits I would like them back and not being sold for so little. We will take them personally to some of the inner city schools along with what I bought back. This way they will be given to children who are cold and need them.
I am trying to not be jaded but I have decided to stop knitting for charity. I have spent a fortune on high quality wool and put hours of work into creating something that I felt would keep some little person warm as well as make them feel good to wear something so soft and cheery. The donation process has just been a bad experience. When we dropped the remainder of this year's woolies off at our inner city centre, they make you drop them off at their thrift store. I asked them if they would ensure that they were given to the people in need and not sold in their store. They assured me yes, but as I was leaving they just tossed bags of our ( Susan, Mom, Pat and me) work that we spent hours making, into a big donation bin. I came away with a bad feeling.
My donations will now come in a different form. Food Bank is always a good option and I do have a soft spot for some little Dachshunds who need to find homes. Not sure what I will do with my wool emporium sitting in the basement. Maybe I'll have to start making afghans. I will miss my knitting for charity and the good feeling that it used to give me.
Sorry for that rant from this cranky lady. Check back soon. I promise to be more upbeat and have a new CSI case solved to share with you.
Wishing you all a terrific week!