|Antique Yellow Ware Mixing Bowls offered by EmeliasCupboard|
To begin I approached my local Hospice Organization and volunteered my services. (Hospice provides end of life care for the terminally ill) They had been looking for someone like me for over 2 years! Now when speciality items are donated to them they give them to me to sell. They run 2 local thrift stores and the items I handle are ones that won't do well in the shops. A couple of weeks ago I was able to sell two English cash boxes for $110. Hospice was thrilled-the boxes wouldn't have brought $5 in the stores. I give all the money to them, minus the Etsy & Paypal fees.
|Vintage Gentleman Brooch offered bynosnowsupplies|
This relationship was so successful that I've approached other charity organizations. I help with appraisals, pricing for special sales events, and sell items once in a while for them. It's such a great way to help raise money and I love helping them out.
|Bird Message Holder offered by ArtfulVintage|
Soon after I got that volunteering effort off the ground I joined the Etsy Vintage Team. I realized that I could offer some helpful selling tips and thought it would be useful to others. I volunteered to write this Wednesday column. While it's not a cancer charity, it's still a great way to give back. Volunteering your time doesn't have to be a major commitment. A once a week Facebook posting can go a long way to helping others.
|1921 Orphan Annie Book offered by wonderdiva|
Another way I've tried to give is through the convos on Etsy. Rather than look at questioning emails as annoying, I've switched my view. I'm helping & that's good for me and them. So now when my almost daily emails come in asking for help in item identification, history, appropriate pricing or what I sold mine for, I answer happily. Turns out it's been more than me giving-it's also led to 2 friendships and several sales!
|Two Vintage Swimming Trophies offered by 12karri|
I feel that the most important way I reach out and give is to the elderly in my community. So many older people get taken advantage of by antique dealers. I hear horror stories from elders who have been lied to, stolen from and misinformed-all for a few dollars, which really makes my blood boil. To combat this, I give my time freely for appraisals and estate evaluations. People seem so surprised that I'm honest and down to earth. To me this giving does the most to help better the world.
|Hand Embroidered Vintage Runner offered by HouseOfLinens|
No matter how small it is, helping others and giving freely of our time is so rewarding. My generosity has blessed me in many unexpected ways in the form of word of mouth recommendations, friendships, a strong reputation in my community and more. While I'm still very busy, I find giving to be very peaceful and very centering. I'd love to hear how you give of yourself and your time!