Nerd Wood Trailer break-in recovery

$1,940 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 19 people in 1 month
Josh Edwards  PORTLAND, OR
Some of you may know that I posted a vague status last week about stealing from artists.  To expand on that... Last Wednesday I discovered that my cargo trailer, which contained all of my completed art and much of the resources I use to set up at events, had been broken into overnight.  It initially didn't appear that too much had been stolen, the thieves were likely looking for expensive tools and things to resell.  After doing an inventory, it turns out I lost much more than I had thought.  

Included in those items were over $1000 worth of merchandise, as well as a toolbox containing various tools and hardware, all of my business cards, stickers, shopping bags, signage, and my entire portfolio.  They also took my hand cart/dolly, a brand new folding chair, and as mentioned above, several bins of art and completed work.  Most of the stolen items aren't particularly valuable to the thieves, but they put a significant setback to my one-man artistic endeavor.  

Let me first say that I'm not particularly comfortable asking for any type of handout.  The most ideal way to support me is of course to purchase my wares, which I am always thankful for.  But now even this is a challenge, as a good portion of my inventory is not even available to sell.  I still have a decent levels of stock, many items are available on my Etsy page, but my initial plan to just say "please buy as much as you can" is tough when my inventory is reduced in such a way.  
Feel free to browse here
Nerd Wood Designs Etsy Shop

So, with a genuine and humble heart I'd like to ask for your support however you can provide it.  If you can donate to help me recover my inventory and momentum, I will be eternally thankful to you.  I'm going to provide a couple of reward levels depending on your contribution.  Since I do everything myself, the rewards won't be extravagant, but they will be products of my own personal work.  For higher tiers of donation, I will be offering a choice of a custom piece that I'm pretty excited to get started.   If you choose to decline either of the rewards, you can simply say so in the comment box.  Otherwise, be sure to include your address for shipping.  Please allow at least 2 weeks for me to make and ship them.

I offer my sincerest thanks for taking the time to read this, just doing that alone is an enormously appreciated show of support.  Feel free to share this with others if you can, I only wish to recoup the costs of my loss and replace the utilities that have been stolen so that I can continue the glorious struggle that comes with being a full-time artist.  

Thank you all.
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Update 2
Posted by Josh Edwards
25 days ago
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I've mentioned it before, but I just want to say again how thankful I am to everyone who helped out with this. I'm humbled to say the least, and this will go a long way toward mitigating my losses. YOU guys are amazing, I just can't say it enough. Thank you.
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Update 1
Posted by Josh Edwards
1 month ago
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Thank you so much everyone! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.
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$1,940 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 19 people in 1 month
Created February 10, 2017
OP
$300
Ontogeny Phylogeny
1 month ago
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In communicating with you, I got the feeling that the ass-holes who stole your art pieces, booth supplies & tools~got away with a lot more than you initially realized. So here's some Cash n' Cheers to renewing your inventory. And here's some fiery-damnation & seriously-bad Juju...to those who steal anything from anyone.

PR
$100
PJ & Emily Reeves
1 month ago
1
1

People suck! We love you!- PJ & Emily

$20
Samantha Gallardo
1 month ago
1
1
$20
Sherrie Vineyard
1 month ago
1
1
JY
$135
Jamie Yocono
1 month ago
1
1

Nevada

WH
$50
Warren Haack
1 month ago
1
1
CG
$50
Cheryl Glunt
1 month ago
1
1
TL
$25
Terry Lanphear
1 month ago
1
1
TM
$50
Todd Magrath
1 month ago
1
1

Good luck Josh, any friend of Jamie's is a friend of mine. I'm in Seattle if you need anything, Portland is a short drive for me.

LN
$100
Lupe Nielsen
1 month ago
1
1

I was saddened to hear about your situation, Josh. :-( Hope you get back on your feet soon. Take care!

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