The Button Lady
Treena's dream is to support Artist. No longer at the WIE. Treena's dream can still live with your support to open her own store!
Many people in Baltimore have heard of "the button lady", Treena Moore. She's a local crafter who makes jewelry out of found and donated buttons. Treena has spent the past year involved at the Woman's Industrial Exchange where she started out as a consignor and volunteer, and later became manager. During that time, Treena worked with the shops 100+ consignors and helped to market and sell their items. She met Arriel Turner when she approached the shop to sell her goods. Like many at the Exchange, Arriel was using her talents to supplement her income. However, the fifteen year old's story was a little different. She was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor which has robbed her of much of her mobility, memory and energy with which she once played the violin and studied Japanese. Her twin brother suffers from autism, her father from two types of cancer, and her mother from Lupus and complications.
Eager to help the family, Treena contacted Lisa Robinson of WBAL Channel 11 news in an effort to raise public awareness. The interview resulted in an outpouring of love and compassion from the city of Baltimore and the surrounding areas. Sales and donations reached the sky, and there's a waiting list until July for Arriel's dolls! Arriel, among many other consignors, inspired Treena to open and keep the dream alive by running her own shop with which to help local crafters sell their handmadegoodies. Written by consignors and the first customer to buy a doll Ms.Judy
The Shop + Funds Needed
What the project is currently looking to fund is 5 months of rent in an available local venue located at 823 N. Charles St. 50+ crafters have expressed interest in selling at "Handmade Goodies" and Treena aniticipates the shop holding about 300 more. These beginning funds will help get all licensing needed, pay for rent, utilities, and internet.
Crafters would be charged a monthly fee to help pay for rent and bills and would be able to keep all the proceeds of their sales which would be directly deposited into their accounts on a monthly basis.
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