That night 8 cars were broken into, my jeep being one of them. They smashed my window and took my bag with ALL of my inventory. When came back a few hours later to vend at another show, I noticed the scene and was shattered.
Here is a list of the cost of this theft.
214.00 For the replacement of front passenger side window. (Not covered because of a super high deductible)
154.00 Cost of the market I missed on October 29th (Not refundable because of 'market policy')
Now for the real heart breaking part....
12400.00 For the Retail cost of the inventory.
I spent the month of October building inventory for the christmas season so I had the highest inventory of the year.
None of this will be covered by either my business liability insurance or my automotive insurance. (I've paid 2865.19 for insurance this year... -_-')
The Toronto Police services told me the chances of recovering any of this is slim to none.
I'll include a conservative list of the specific inventory at the end of this description...
I feel a little strange asking for help, and I really appreciate everyone even reading up to this point. I realize I've made the mistake, and don't want to burden anyone with solving a problem that I, at least to some degree, put upon myself. I do know that regardless of this sentiment, I am a victim of a cruel act.
I've decided that opening myself up to the kindness and generosity of others is a way I can heal myself and ensure the survival of my business.
That being said, I don't want anyone to feel pressured to donate.
I'm going to use these funds to invest in silver to rebuild my inventory.
Here are the ways in which you can help:
1) If you have any old sterling silver jewelry lying around, I would be grateful to accept those pieces. I can recycle them and make new pieces (which means I wont have to pay quite as much to build a new inventory).
- I can also accept other metals with the exception of plated jewelry.
You can send the pieces to my studio address:
SPIRIT OF VERA
1485 Dupont St, unit 302
This way the jewelry you have lying around can tangibly help me rebuild my line.
2) You can contribute by making a donation of any amount.
Here are the incentives for certain amounts:
1-5$ THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
6-15$ THANK YOU! 2$ off your next purchase (Online or in person)
16-25$ THANK YOU! You're entered to win a pair of simple bar studs. https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/278154570/
26-35$ THANK YOU! You're entered to win a pair of geometric circle studs. https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/518019699
36-55$ THANK YOU! You're entered to win a simple ball ring in size 4 to 12.
56-75$ THANK YOU! You're entered to win a long geopmetric necklace.
76-100$ THANK YOU!
You receive a personalized note with a specially chosen gemstone.
You receive a 25$ gift certificate with gift packaging. (Can be used in person or online)
You'll receive one pair of simple circle studs https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/518035249/
101+ I mean, wow. What can I say. That is incredibly generous. THANK YOU!
Ypu're entered to win a custom piece with a peruvian turquoise. It can be similar to this: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/511073946/
* draws will occur upon the closing of this campaign, on November 30th. Deliveries will be made December 1st (Just in time for christmas)
If there are fewer than 3 people in a draw category, I will unite categories until there are enough people to complete the draw.
There will be one draw for every 1500 raised.
Please include contact information such as email and phone number and mailing address in notes please.
4) Keep an eye out and let me know if you see my stuff in a pawn shop or on kijiji.
5) Keep being your amazing self. If you've read this far, you've already spent a bit of time considering helping me... and thats already a kindness I appreciate!
Thank you so much all of you,
You're my silver lining...
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