Overall, we are counting on a lot of saving, the government tax credit and a grant from my job to pay for this endeavor. As you may know, international adoptions generally range from $30,000 to $40,000. Domestic adoptions can cost nearly as much. Because our extra finances go to our local church and community projects we are involved with, I've been mulling over some creative fundraising ideas that I thought I'd enjoy.
The idea is not to open an Etsy shop, but just to take individual orders for a time (maybe a few months) and sell them in bulk to brick-and-mortar craft shops or to others hoping to run their own fundraiser.
So, the button covers, earring backs and posts have been ordered! And if you are still reading this crazy rant, I'd like to ask for your help.
I'm looking for donations of:
- Fabric scraps
- Small prints, polka dots, patterns... anything that would look cute as a 1/2-inch covered button. If you have scraps that are too small to quilt with, or you're just sick of looking at them, please consider sending them to me for my buttons project! Medium-weight cotton or cotton-linen quilting fabrics are highly desirable, but I can use thinner fabrics as long as I also have some . . .
- Anything at least 1" wide will work, and I'll attach this to thinner fabrics
- Anything at least 2" wide, and I'll cut this up to package the earrings for mail orders
I'm planning on selling these button earrings to anyone I know who'd like to buy them. Since you are all a crafty bunch, I thought I might put together some button earring kits to sell if there is interest. And as I mentioned earlier, I'll also offer a discounted wholesale rate to craft stores, supplies stores or churches/individuals interested in fundraising this way. So if this is you or you have contacts, I'd love to know that.
Thanks to some friends who've encouraged me that this idea could really work. More details and ordering info will be available in the next month or so. So excited to start making these cuties!