Help Pretty Little Things recover from fire

In the late morning hours of Thursday October 15th, Pretty Little Things  Consignment Shop of Bethel, CT was ordered to evacuate and close its doors after a fire broke out in the building . Although the fire was contained before it spread, the smoke and water caused severe damages to the shop and almost everything inside.

Shannon (Kelly) Anderson, owner of PLT, hopes to reopen as soon as possible, but insurance only covers so much. Repairing or replacing, then relocating the entire contents of a one-woman consignment shop is much more challenging than that of a retail store with brand new merchandise and a full staff of employees.

Shannon is my sister, so I know her well. Pretty Little Things was her dream come true. She worked in corporate America for over 20 years before she built up the courage to leave it all behind and pursue her passion. With the support of her friends and family (& most all of her savings), she took a huge leap of faith and opened up Pretty Little Things in early 2020 - a name derived from all of the "pretty little things" our parents made for us throughout the years. For Shannon, the plan to have her very own consignment shop that served the people in the town she called home literally made her giddy with excitement. 

We all know that nothing worthwhile comes without its challenges. Funding, flooding, electrical issues and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic were just a few things that tried to derail her plan...but if you know Shannon, you know that none of these obstacles would stop her. She carried on with an even stronger enthusiasm and determination to make her shop a success.

When the fire broke out, I think we all secretly worried that might be the one thing that would actually break her. Shannon was absolutely heartbroken, and we were heartbroken for her.

My (big) sister has always impressed me. She's incredibly strong, intelligent and organized. She's also very creative, thoughtful and insanely sentimental...but her strongest trait is probably her enormous sense of unwavering pride (which she displays sometimes to a fault). In my whole life, I don't recall her ever asking for help. Not once. Not from anyone. Not for homework, not for chores, not for physical labor - nothing. "I can do it myself" is, and always has been, her motto. 

But today, she needs our help. She may not ask for it, so her family and I are asking on her behalf.

Shannon feels a huge sense of responsibility to her patrons and to her town - one that has shown incredible and overwhelming support throughout this entire ordeal. She is currently working with local small businesses & networks to secure a temporary location and develop a plan to move and reopen as soon as possible. Your contribution, however small, will go towards all of the efforts to ensure that this happens. With Shannon's determination...and a little help...we know it will.

Thank you for your support!

(See below for a list of some of the expenses she will need to cover.)

The shop!

The shoes...oh, the shoes!

Lots of jewelry - many from local artisans and jewelers!

A treasure trove of goodies!

Fancy stuff, too! :)

You never know what you'll find!

~ Shannon and her helper, Gibby


We want you to know that your contribution has a real and actual purpose. Here are just some of the expenses Shannon is trying to cover in order to reopen Pretty Little Things:

*Moving truck


*Temp storage facility

*First month's rent for temp location

*First month's utilities

*Cleaning, painting, flooring signage at new location

*Dry cleaning / laundering all salvageable clothing, shoes, bags, etc

*Cleaning all display / storage racks, shelving, cabinets, etc.

*Replacement / repair of shop electronics (printer, lighting fixtures, jewelry cleaner, steam machines, label maker, credit card machine, laptop, phone system, stereo system, surveillance equipment, signage, maintenance / cleaning power tools, washer, dryer, etc)

We just can't thank you enough for your support!

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Organizer and beneficiary

Meggan Crocker
Bethel, CT
Shannon Anderson

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