Help a fantastic craftsman this christmas.
Get Mirek and Dorota @TabernaVagantis back on their feet.
Mirek and Dorota are the owners of Taberna Vagantis - an artisan shop for handmade personal and camp equipment for historical reenactors.
The couple are well known across europe for their great craftsmanship, good hearted personalities and smiles that light up all markets.
Last week of November however - disaster struck.
On the largest historical market Compiegne (in France) they were robbed. The thieves stole almost all of their income from the market, creating a big hole in their cash reserve.
This was a hard blow for them but Mirek and Dorota decided to go to some other markets to overcome obstacles and to save their economy.
Unfortunately Mirek became sick, and Dorota alone brought the majority of their stock to a market in the Netherlands. The market itself was good and nothing foretold bad fate, but misfortune did not end there.
On saturday night, Dorota hit her foot. The pain overcame her, and she fainted. When she woke up it was already morning. Mirek, still with a fever - and still in Poland - organised help for Dorota to at least pack the car.
Dorota was able to pack all heavy stuff with the help of their friends and she drove home alone, 1500 km back, and with a hurting leg, held together by bandages and a tight laced shoe.
The car battery starts having problems so they jumpstarted it in the Netherlands. Dorota drove back to Poland / Gdynia where she is rushed to a hospital and surgeon, where they discovered that the foot was indeed broken all the time. Dorota now needs to wear a cast for 2 months.
5 hour later their car - their only means of getting to and from markets got damaged by the jumpstart and damaged battery and the engines electric broke down. Shortcuts from the ruined battery burned the car's electric system completely. The car became completely useless, and is now requiring repairs worth thousands of Euros.
In addition, the medical expenses for Dorota are significant, and the combined loss has left the couple with a gaping hole in the economy.
So now all their savings are gone, they have little or no means of travelling around or have the van fixed in nearby future, and as such, their business is in jeopardy.
Right now, Mirek and Dorota are working around the clock in their little workshop, handcrafting their wood and leather items, while not knowing whether their little business, house or livelihood will survive even christmas.
We are asking you, their friends, the community and all good-hearted souls, to help out a craftsman in need. Mirek and Dorota has helped to bring history to the people all across europe - it’s time we help them in return.
Everyone who donates will naturally get a personal thanks from Mirek and/or Dorota.
Every gift is important - lets show Mirek and Dorota that we care about our craftsmen, the artisans who dedicate their lives to the crafts, the arts and our history.
- Phil Coates
- A Nonymous
- Kira Bost
- Soleil Brocéliande
- Stig Myren