One day left in 2013.....I'm so looking forward to 2014 and the changes it will bring! Thank you to all for your friendship, your prayers, and your support. This new year is going to be awesome for all of us!
The New Year is almost here! Please help me reach my goal...and get a chance to win an awesome gift basket as well! Read my post, share it to your facebook page, and donate! For every $5.00 you donate, you will receive 1 ticket in the drawing at the end of January for a HUGE GIFT BASKET filled with fiona bean goodies!
Enter today for a chance to win a HUGE gift basket full of fiona bean goodness at the end of January! Read the post, SHARE it to your facebook page, and for every $5.00 you donate, you get one ticket in the drawing!!!
Thanks to all who have participated and Merry Christmas to all!!!
Read the post, SHARE the post on your own facebook, and donate at least $5.00 to earn a ticket in the next fiona bean Gift Basket Drawing!
I hope you all are having holiday awesomeness!!!!!
Sara Burgess won the Gift Basket Drawing! YAY!!!!!
I've decided to keep my gofundme campaign running until the end of January - I really want to try to get as close to my goal as possible. So.... starting today, there will be a new chance to win ANOTHER HUGE GIFT BASKET! The drawing will be the last day of January....and once again, for every $5.00 donation, one ticket will be given.
Please everyone.....I have almost 200 people as facebook friends, and I figure each of you has an average of about 200 friends. If each of you would at least share my post, and ask your friends to share it as well....lots of people will see it! If even 200 people donated $5.00 each, that's $1,000.00 towards keeping my little shop alive!
Thanks to all of you who have already shared the post and donated - your support means so much to me and my family!
I hope that all of you are having a wonderful christmas season......blessings to you!
We're at 20% and 4 days to go until the BIG DRAWING!!!! Read, share to your facebook page, and donate if you can - every $5.00 gets you one ticket in the drawing!
We're getting there!!! The Gift Basket Drawing is this Sunday.......read my post, share to your facebook page......and remember, for every $5.00 you donate, you'll get one ticket for the DRAWING! The gift basket will be filled with goodies from fiona bean, your favorite little gift shop!
Thank you all for helping!
Thank you Lori - you just got 5 tickets for the Gift Basket Drawing!!!! And thank you for the kind words of support - you rock!!!!!
click on my link to see the post about the gift basket drawing!!!
GIFT BASKET DRAWING!!!! .....for every $5.00 you donate, one ticket with your name on it will be placed in the drawing jar.......for a gift basket filled with goodies from fiona bean! The drawing will be held on DECEMBER 15 AT 10:00am - and it doesn't matter where you live - if you win, I'll mail it to you on my dime!
The gift basket will hold at least $100.00 worth of awesome stuff....and I know I will put in some candles, soaps, and a "warm buddy!"
Those of you who have already donated are already entered.
Share this post to your facebook wall today!
Don't forget to shop local......it really matters!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Make thanksgiving a choice...not just a day. We all have something to be thankful for.....
17.8% ...getting closer! Please read and share!
Those of you who know me, know that I am a hard worker, and a giver...not a taker. Being the recipient of a gift, of help, or even of a compliment has always been difficult for me. So, for those of you who don't know me....deciding to use this forum to try to save my shop was one of the hardest decisions I've made. I have always been a 'survivor', and I've always tried to 'pull myself up by my own bootstraps.' I certainly do not feel like I am entitled to anything other than what I can accomplish by my own hard work.
I do not want anyone to donate out of some sense of pity or guilt....donate only if you truly believe that many hands make light work...donate if you believe in paying it forward.
I'm going to get my shop going again. fiona bean has been around for 7 years, and she's just not going to quit. There are too many things I want to do to help my little town thrive and grow. Too many new friends to make, too many opportunities to do something positive in a world that seems charmed by bad news.
I have seen such good things happen lately in Grants Pass - Dutch Bros being featured on Undercover Boss, The Infuzed crew recycling kindness; there are so many awesome businesses run by amazing people in this town......and I know we CAN make a difference!
Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to read my posts...I appreciate your support. Be awesome today, wherever you are.
Hey guys - share my link today please! Happy Sunday to all of you - thanks again for all the love!!!
Stacey - great idea on the candles! I'm paying for my card order first, then ordering soaps because I'm almost out - then I'm going to establish an order with the new candle company I found. I'm so sad about Granny's - they were the best candles ever! I really want to check out the new ones before I make a final commitment to take them on as my new candle line. I will keep you posted....do you guys still have candles on your candle club? If you do - go down to the shop and get all of them!
recycle kindness...that's the motto of Infuzed, a drive thru grill in Grants Pass. They totally owned that motto when they made and brought food to all of the Dutch Bros. stands in our town the other day when the Dutch Bros. crews were slammed during their double deal on the gift cards. Thank you Infuzed, for bringing delicious, healthy food to our town, and for living your values.....you rock!
almost 13% today! Thank you to all who have donated or shared my post.....your support is overwhelming!
I now have enough to pay for my card order...next goal is to place a sizable soap order before the holiday rush. After that, I plan to order soy candles from an awesome new family-run candle company. Unfortunately, after 13 years, Grannys Kountry Candles closed their business. They were my favorite, and I am hoping this new place will be as awesome! Next on the list is to pick up a new line of healing products from my new friend, Annie Cotten. She's an Appalachian lady who makes these wonderful products.
I"m just so excited to be moving forward again - without you guys, this wouldn't be possible!
I just got off work at Home Depot and checked in here - I'm at almost 8%!!!
If you haven't already, please take a look and share this to your page.
I'm so excited about the responses I'm getting...it's so much more than the donations; it's about an attitude of banding together to help keep dreams alive. Even if people can't donate, they can share the message...and change will happen!
Once more, thank you all!
I am so thankful for the wonderful friends I have who know me and are supportive of what I'm trying to do. The kind and thoughtful words you have shared mean so much to me. I can't possible give up hope when there are so many people who "get" what I'm trying to say, and what I'm trying to accomplish! Fiona bean has and always will be for me so much more than a shop. It is a place to rest, be inspired, and be renewed with the strength to go back out and face whatever you're dealing with. I remember one day when my shop was out on Redwood Ave., an older lady came in out of the rain and said,"I can't afford to buy anything today...but is it alright if I just look around? It's just so pretty and relaxing in here!" That totally made my day because that's exactly what I am striving for!
I also want to add that I just watched the episode of "Undercover Boss" featuring our own Travis Boersma of Dutch Bros. If you haven't watched it yet, google it and watch it RIGHT NOW!!! That attitude, that vibe, that heart....it's what life is all about. I am so proud to have been in Grants Pass to watch them grow. Dane is smiling down from heaven on his little brother who has so beautifully taken up the torch and is lighting the world on fire with his love!
Thank you so much to all who have shared my post to your wall and donated to fiona bean.....my heart is happy and hopeful!
Please share this to your wall today! Thank you all!
For a long time, I've thought it would be a wonderful thing if there was a modern way to do an old-fashioned barn raising. You know, Farmer Brown needs to build a new barn or fix his broken old barn, so he puts the word out, the neighbors get together with food, resources, and elbow grease.....and in no time, Farmer gets his barn! And then, when Farmer Jones needs a barn, Farmer Brown and all of the neighbors get together again and help him.
GoFundMe seems to be the 21st century way to do just that. I thought long and hard about using a service such as this - and I admit that I am feeling a bit nervous about what my facebook friends and others who don't know me will think. While researching this, I came across negative comments such as, "this is simply virtual panhandling," or "social media begging." While I do believe that there is certainly the possibility for abuse, I also believe that this company researches and does the appropriate due diligence to ensure that improper use is dealt with promptly. I also want to ask the question, "is anyone being forced to give money to anyone here?" And of course, the answer is, "no!" Just as we are all free to donate to any charity we please, or to give to a homeless person, or a family member or friend in need; we are all free here to do the same. If you do not feel led to donate....then don't!
I am excited about the prospect of using GoFundME because it is a grassroots solution to a huge problem that we are all facing. The middle class works so hard, yet we often do not have the funds to realize our dreams because we are working simply to survive. If we all gave just a little....the impact could be HUGE! If one person gives you a dollar, it's not such a big thing. But if 10,000 people pitch in a dollar....it could change EVERYTHING.
So, now to the reason I have joined GoFundMe. I currently own a gift shop called "fiona bean fine gifts and home furnishings" in Grants Pass, Oregon. I started out with a little booth in a crafters mall, and after several years, I struck out on my own. For 3 years, I ran my little shop until I was invited to come back into the crafters mall as the "gift shop"; which meant I no longer had a booth, I now had half of the floor space to set up my wares. I make a lot of the things I sell - I sew, I refinish furniture and thrift shop finds, I make decoupaged mixed media art bottles, jewelry, and an assortment of other gift items. I also buy organic handmade soaps and soy candles, and cards. As much as possible, I buy American-made goods to sell. I am very passionate about supporting our economy. I am also passionate about being more than just a gift shop. In my business plan, I state that my vision is to have a locally-owned, downtown, small-town American shop where customers feel special and above all, have fun! Our lives are so fast-paced, hectic, and chaotic.....I want my customers to feel that fiona bean is a place where they can not only find a high-quality, reasonably priced gift, but a place where they are treated like friends and family. I want my customers to feel that a trip to fiona bean is a restful break from their busy lives. I've worked very hard to accomplish that goal, and according to customer feedback...I'm doing a pretty good job at it! I've also helped the other crafters in our shop learn how to sell more effectively and provide the awesome customer service that makes our place special. We go above and beyond to exceed our customers expectations because we know that selling gifts is not like doing brain surgery. What we do is not necessary....and we have to compete with the big box stores as well. So we do things like customer appreciation drawings, Girl's Night Out, free coffee and donuts on Saturdays, etc.
But now I've found that my barn needs fixing. The economy has not been kind to small business owners, and in spite of what we're being told, I haven't seen any of the money that is available to assist small business owners. Several months ago, I took a part time job at Home Depot, just to make ends meet. My husband is employed full-time at a local cabinet manufacturing plant...and our ends are still not meeting! We are not lazy people looking for a hand out. You know the adage: give a man a fish and you feed him for a day - give a man a fishing pole and he learns to feed himself and others. That's what we need help with - we need a fishing pole!
The money that comes in from this venture would go to keeping fiona bean alive. I no longer have the money to purchase new things to make, or to purchase the cards, soaps, candles and other goods that I sell. Anyone who has ever been in retail knows that you have to have new merchandise and lots of it to attract new customers and keep your loyal customers happy. I also need to update our credit card machine and signage. Basically, I need enough capital to jump start fiona bean and get my shop back on the right track again. I'm at a crossroads: either get fiona bean back up and running strong, or close the shop and get a full-time job.
I'm not a special case, there are many small business owners in the same boat I'm in. If you don't donate to my cause- please look around this site anyway and find something else to donate to. This is such a good idea - joining together to help each other. It doesn't seem that we can rely on our government, and most of us in the middle class are so tapped out we can't get credit....so why not pool our resources and one at a time, help each other? I have made a vow that no matter the outcome here, but especially if I do get the assistance I need to keep my shop open, I'm going to give some back to others on this site. I really think it's worth it. It just seems so grass roots, so on a human level.
I love my shop....I love my customers, and I love the women I work with. I've been an entrepreneur for as long as I can remember. When I was 5, my teen-age uncle and I sold Gravenstein apples at a roadside stand. When I was nine, I had 36 laying hens and I developed an egg business, selling to our neighbors. I developed and taught a craft camp for neighborhood kids when I was 13. Throughout my first marriage, I was a stay-at-home mom, homeschooling my 4 kids....and also running businesses from home. Staying busy and productive is what I do, and it's who I am! I love running my own business and I love helping others learn how to sell the things they make. Making a difference in this world by doing business the old fashioned way is very important to me.
Thank you all so much for reading this and allowing me to present my situation. If any of you do decide to throw a buck or two into the pot, please know that I and my family thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Please feel free to check into everything I've told you - you can look up fiona bean or Savannah Faire on facebook - also, if you google Grants Pass Daily Courier and search my name, you can read all of the articles that have been written about my shop.