Finally took a day off from my real job and I now have time to update this website and blog. Here are some of the things I'm working on:
1. Obviously putting pic and other info on this website
2. Finally updating the email list with new Nashville addresses from the last swap.
3. Working on our fundraiser, which I was trying to start November 1st, but...well...life happened...
4. Figuring out our next Oakland swap, since the Oakland Baha'i Center is under construction
So needless to say, there will be some news coming up soon! :)
One thing I totally was not able to update y'all one was our clothes giveaway to teen moms in October. I'm a high school teacher here in Tennessee and at my school we have a few teen moms. They have a weekly support group and are in need of many items. To be honest, Sassy Family was in need of space in our storage unit, so we did a clothes giveaway.
The girls were so appreciative of the clothes that they were able to choose. Many of these girls are refugees and new immigrants, so getting around to a swap would be difficult for them. We are hoping to do another giveaway soon, along with clothing donations to needy families with children at the school for the holidays.
It's been a crazy 2 weeks getting ready for this swap, plus other work obligations. But now the day is here! Watch this blog post for live updates today!
we're open and it's a beautiful day here in Nashville! Check things out and if you know anyone who needs preemie clothes let them know!
whew! What a busy crazy swap! We had so many people who braved through football traffic to come and participate. I personally want to thank Colleen Baggett (pictured above) for all her help in advertising, sorting, and so much more, especially two weeks before her wedding!
look out for pics tomorrow!
It's been a busy August for everyone involved in Sassy Family. At the end of the month we had our swap in Oakland at the Oakland Baha'i Center and it's going to be our last one (for a while) with Sarah Scarborough. She's expecting baby #3 in October and is preparing for a huge change in her family. Since she loves doing these swaps, she was super excited to do this last one and have a lot of familiar faces come. There were also a lot of new faces, since the event was picked up by an African-American mom's group in the area. Thanks so much to Sarah for her work, along with Rana Chang and Siu Akiula, our connections with the Oakland Baha'i Center. Plans are in the works to host our next swap in November, with new board member Ingrid as the host. Look for details soon!
In Nashville, myself, Colleen (our fabulous parent volunteer), and board member Barbara are getting ready for our next swap on October 23. It's a Sunday this time because the venue that has been donated to us, Main Street Gallery, is in the height of art show season and Sundays were their only available date. Hopefully the event will be a big as the last one with 65 people who attended. Looking forward to seeing everyone at that event.
In Nashville, we are also planning to do small clothing giveaways to needy moms. Partially out of necessity (our storage unit is FULL) and of course to help the community, Sassy Family will be doing giveaways to teen moms through some of the public schools in the area. More info on that will be on the website.
The final thing that I am working on for Sassy Family is our fundraiser. Sassy Family will be doing a GoFund Me fundraiser for one month, September 15-October 15. Funds are needed to continue these events and will be used for advertising, supplies, and storage maintenance in Nashville and Oakland. Look for the link on our website and our Facebook page, but if you'd like to still donate before the GoFund me drive, click on the donate link on our front page!
Thanks for continuing the work of Sassy Family.
I'm in Nashville having text conversations with friends in Oakland who are coming to the swap today. That reconnection is doing my heart good and I think that vibe will be at the swap today!
so let's see if we can get some big numbers to come today! 2 hours away :) 10-1pm. Oakland Baha'i Center. Come and see Sarah and we'll keep you updated!
10:38 AM--we're all setup ready to go! Come through!
Amazing. Just amazing.
I personally want to thank those who came to our latest Nashville swap. As you may have heard (or read), we had our largest attendance ever in Nashville with 60 attendees. Many people came in not knowing what to expect with the swap concept. Admittedly, swaps are really a hipster thing. They started in cities like NYC, Chicago, and SF and have spread throughout the country. I'm glad that so many were able to show how it worked and how it can benefit a whole community in different ways.
Unfortunately, I couldn't be there for the event. I had a major family medical emergency out of town, so my husband (and Sassy Family board member) Jason had to run the show. With the help of an invaluable volunteer, Colleen, the event ended up being a smash, impressing everyone, including the owner of the donated Main Street Gallery.
We had families from all over the Nashville area, including families that had been struggling to clothe their children. It's our mission and purpose to help all families, especially struggling families, and to be able to do that is awesome.
I have to give a special shout out to our volunteer, Colleen. She not only helped us at the event, but she worked hard on publicizing the event to the greater Nashville community. The biggest reason we had the attendance that we did was because of her efforts. You'll be hearing more about her here at Sassy Family very soon!
On another subject, below is all the donations given just to this swap. It was so much, we had to rent a storage facility to store it all. We have plans for all these items in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Tomorrow is the day! This picture is all the donations that we could fit in our boxes. There's more. Way more. Way, way more.
Our next swap in Nashville has a lot of excitement with it. Lots of people are emailing and calling with interest in this swap. Hopefully, we'll be doing live updates, if we're not too busy. Look at this blog for more info.
Our Nashville swap is coming up in ONE WEEK!!
With getting things together in creating Sassy Family into a non-profit, this swap has snuck up on me. However, thanks to the hard work of new board member, Barbara and volunteer Colleen, we've been able to get things together and it looks like it will be a good swap.
This will be our first one as an official non-profit and at this swap there will be info on our non-profit status, how your can help or donate, and our plans for the future.
You can look at our HOME page for more details on the this swap, including the new location of the Main Street Gallery. But please, please invite your friends and family to this great event!
Hello and happy summer!
I've been working hard on our next swaps in Nashville and Oakland. I've also received help from some mothers who have been supportive of Sassy Family. In Oakland, you have met Sarah Scarbrough, but now in Nashville, I'm getting help from Colleen Baggett, a mother who loved the Sassy Family swap concept. Colleen has helped us secure a new venue, the Main Street Gallery, for our next swap in July. She's also has been working on a new flyer which should be out and about this week.
Speaking of the Nashville swap, here's the basic info: July 23. 11-1PM. Main Street Gallery in East Nashville. School Uniforms are needed this time since schools start the first week in August. (Yikes)
Follow our FB and Twitter for updates or call 615-398-9872.
In Oakland, we're looking at having a swap in late August before school starts there. School Uniforms will definitely be needed as well.
There are more exciting things going on with Sassy Family this summer so stay tuned!
Happy Mother's Day weekend, Sassy Family!
Sarah's in Oakland, getting ready for today's swap at the Oakland Baha'i Center. I'm here in Nashville, keeping all of you up to date on how things are going. So look at this blog for pics and info from me and Sarah on how the swap is going.
Hope you are able to make it out to the Oakland swap!
10:08 AM: we are just starting to open things up right now. Lots of things are coming in. Pics coming soon.
11:20 AM: one of our biggest supporters in Oakland, Siu, came through with tons of items to swap. Attendance was low at first but now things are picking up. Come through!
12:40PM: it's been a rainy day but we've gotten some good support from those who came out. 20 minutes left!
Just as a reminder, we will be donating any remaining items to Loved Twice
1:15pm: wrapping up and cleaning up. Thanks Oakland!
Founder and Operator of the Sassy Family Craft Fair and the Sassy Family Kid's Clothing Swap