Friday, July 29, 2011

Near and Dear to Vintage Couture

By Shawne Hoisington, Customer Service 

Whether or not you believe in coincidence or fate, or just plain ol’ good luck, you will be touched by this story. In June we ran a contest for a $100 gift certificate. As you can imagine we had many, many entries. One lucky winner was chosen randomly, and her name is Amanda Hammers.

Congratulations to Amanda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    

    



After receiving her gift certificate, she immediately purchased some clothes and graciously sent us several precious photos with her adorable daughter wearing them. Not only did we notice how sweet Kaydence looked, but the device on her arm looked very familiar to our designer Jessica. This device is called an Omnipod, and as Amanda says, “It has become Kaydence’s best friend”. Kaydence was born with Diabetes Insipidus, and at age 2 was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. This Omnipod delivers Insulin as her body requires it, and monitors the glucose level, making it easier to manage her life with this disease. 

Where’s the coincidence, you ask? Well, as you may or may not be aware, our designer Jessica has 3 adorable children, all of whom have Type 1 Diabetes, along with her husband. All of her children also have the Omnipod, which is how she recognized it so quickly in the photo. Because of Jessica and her family, Vintage Couture donates 3% of our net profits from each sale of Trista Sutter’s collections to the JDRF, (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), which is the largest charitable funder and advocate for type 1 diabetes research worldwide.



Now, I understand that unfortunately many children have this disease, but what are the chances that Amanda would randomly win a gift certificate to a company that is so connected to the disease as well as the Foundation? We found it ironic, and that’s why this story was written. It may be coincidence or the “luck of the draw” and nothing more, or maybe, just maybe, it was something more.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Vintage Couture Fashion Stylist shares the wealth

Relatively new Vintage Couture Stylist, Cricket Martin, discovers something wonderful in selling VC clothing with the success and opportunity it gave her to reach out and give to the community. 


Read her story about how she, with the help of her Vintage Couture customers, was able to raise money and donate brand new VC clothing to 49 homeless children in North Texas. 

The Vision: I joined Vintage Couture in late April and launched my first Trunk Show in mid-May. From that day and every day since, I have been absolutely amazed at the positive response I received to such a gorgeous line of clothing! At month's end, I felt an overwhelming desire to give back some of my "first fruits" from such an outstanding first month. I feel as though God led me directly to The Samaritan Inn. I felt strongly that working together, we could obtain monetary donations to clothe forty-nine children currently housed at Samaritan Inn of McKinney, the largest homeless housing & training center in Collin County.

The Task: Through email and Facebook, I got word out to my new Vintage Couture customers that there are 49 children at The Samaritan Inn of Collin County who are in need of new clothing. Few, if any, have ever had something new to wear! Why not bless them with the best line of clothing offered---Vintage Couture! Friends, family, and customers put their funds together and raised almost $600 before week's end!
The Results: On June 27, I walked in the doors of The Samaritan Inn for the first time and quickly affirmed that THIS was exactly where the shorts, shirts, tops, dresses, and baby rompers were needed most! What a blessing to hand over 36 Vintage Couture items of brand, new, high quality clothing to twenty-one waiting children, ages 7 months to 17 years! Thank you to everyone who was a part of making this vision a reality! You have given many at The Samaritan Inn a "Christmas" in June!
 
Our Stylists and customers are truly powerful and amazing people. Thank you, Cricket, for sharing the VC love with The Samaritan Inn and giving the children who call it home a priceless gift and memory. 

The Samaritan Inn has offered housing and help to the homeless for 25 years. Their mission is described as “a comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people regain their dignity and independence".  Last year, over 72% of the residents left the program with an income and a home to go to. 

For more information like this and more, visit www.thesamaritaninn.org



If you have exciting VC related news to share with us, or maybe you just want to show off your adorable kids in Vintage Couture, send me info and pictures at monica@vintagecoutureinc.com.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Today's about the visitors!

Vintage Couture received the special company of a guest designer for the day: Puma the Beagle!


With the stress of design starting up again for 2012, this was a very appreciated visit! Hopefully Puma keeps quiet about the new designs. :-)

Also visiting and helping to relieve stress while recycling are siblings Kaylee and Brady. Their mom, Kristin, works here at VC for inventory/packaging and shipping.


We appreciate the occasional good fun and humor. It helps us all to laugh together and create memories alongside our friends at work. Uplifted spirits make for good moods and good work. Sometimes, we too, just need to be silly!

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July weekend! Get decked out in VC and enjoy the holiday!  ...Puma's getting a head start!



If you have exciting VC related news to share with us, or maybe you just want to show off your adorable kids in Vintage Couture, send me info and pictures at monica@vintagecoutureinc.com.