2020 has been a crazy year for all of us but it has been especially so for small businesses. As you know we have been working with Digs, a crafty, funky, and fun gift shop in south Mpls, for many years now. We receive many donations throughout the year, not all of which are suitable for making baby items. Digs will take many of those items on consignment for us, sell them, and remit to us our earnings. That money is then put towards those things BOLC needs to purchase.
Between the pandemic and the riot activity that was not all that far away from her shop, Katie (the owner) has persevered and is still up and running. She has trimmed her hours for January, changed how she staffs the shop, and made all sorts of other adjustments as all stores have had to do. But she is still taking items in for BOLC which is good news. I was there recently to make a drop-off and asked her for anything she had to say about the year.
Here are some of her responses:
- I didn’t know what to expect for holiday sales this year. I was pleasantly surprised! Shopping local really seemed to be important to the folks that did their holiday shopping with us. We are so lucky to have such supportive customers and neighbors.
- Most of the BOLC yarn is sold in our Bargain Bin (if it has a label) or sold as craft yarn (without labels). BOLC Bargain Bin yarn was our #7 top seller of 2020!
- People love all the vintage trim and ribbon we have in stock thanks to BOLC. The ribbon sells especially fast, so keep it coming!
- The vintage wool remnants are another popular item from BOLC.
I saved the best one for last – Bundles of Love continues to be one of the top consignor sales each month.
That last one is especially meaningful, for it tells us that our charity is serving our communities in multiple ways. It brings us cash to provide some of our raw materials used to make needed items for our challenged families, it makes our donors feel good that their donations are utilized for a good purpose and are being treated with respect, it saves useful items from needlessly ending up in a landfill, and it’s helping to keep the livelihood of our small local businesses.
To wrap up: For January – November 2020 BOLC earned $2,343.60 for an average of $213.00 a month.
If you have questions about donations to Digs you may email Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.