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Gibson Girl Vintage

$3,640 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 68 people in 4 months
Created August 30, 2018
Help a female solopreneur's hard work & dreams come to fruition and donate to save her business! 

Dear Donors,
My business is my baby. 
While fashion has been a lifelong passion, I have worked tirelessly for EIGHT years  to build and grow my vintage clothing and homewares business.  Passion is an understatement; it's an obsession!!   A rare set of circumstances have led me to an exciting opportunity to rent the perfect space for my business in Durham's up-and-coming West End, and while I have the funds necessary to pay the first month's rent + deposit, I need help with start up costs - for a sign, renovations, fresh paint, and the inevitable, unexpected costs associated with opening a brick and mortar!
Furthermore, your donations will be dual-purpose.  Not only do I need them for start-up costs, but they are also necessary to acquire the space in the first place.  While I have a chunk of change saved, it's not quite enough to negotiate a lease, much less to persuade a property owner to let me sign on the dotted line. 
I applied for a commercial loan through my local credit union and a microloan company, but, despite my good credit and ability to repay it, I don't have the collateral, and have been denied, with no one able to cosign.  It took a lot of work to even get to the point where I was able to apply for a commercial loan as an existing business:  over two years of counting every penny spent and earned; schedule C's; meetings with mentors from the SBA; applications; supporting documents - all in vain to that end.
Meanwhile, I fear my dream space will be discovered by another business.  It's the perfect space for my purposes:  perfect location, perfect size, perfect price.  Most of all, I fear that the opportunity will probably never present itself to me again - I feel I've discovered this space right in the nick of time! 
Finally, your support will mean that Durham will finally have a source for amazing, affordable vintage furniture and clothing!  As of right now, there are no vintage furniture shops in Durham, and with twenty people moving to the city every day  and an exponentially growing market for used goods retail, you could help meet that demand and bring about the first shop of its kind here.
Every donation of $250 or more will be rewarded with an in-store, one-time five-finger discount (a freebie :) and every donation, regardless of amount, will earn an in-store friends & family discount for life, not to mention my love and awe in the face of your generosity and care.

Sincerely,
Sara Spissu
Gibson Girl Vintage
https://gibsongirlvintage.com/
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Update 2
Posted by Sara Spissu
4 months ago
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Dear donors, I am so close to the $2500 mark - just a few more donations and I could meet my goal for the day! I can't thank you enough for your support and can only add that sharing is also a huge help. Please feel free to share this campaign or any of my posts therein on social media or with anyone you know who might want to support a small business and female solopreneur.
I look forward to "wearing many hats" and doing whatever it takes to realize this dream of making Durham a vintage shopping destination and a sustainable source of unique fashion and homewares.
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Update 1
Posted by Sara Spissu
4 months ago
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Self-promotion is tough, right? So is asking for help. Even on a good day, when I’m feeling confident, I still have a hard time promoting myself and my business on social media. It took courage to create this campaign and share my story with all of you! To that end, all I can do now is show you what I do best, and where all my confidence now dwells. Here are photos of the love I poured into my former abode and the vintage furniture, décor and houseplants (!!) that now need a new home – preferably one with a sales floor. Follow the link to find out how you can help make that happen.
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