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Sunday, “a fundraising shopping party and jeans drive” for N Street Village in Brookland

by Prince Of Petworth February 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm 10 Comments


From an email:

“Join A Free Hand Co. in the newly redesigned A Creative DC: Brookland space for WOMEN + DENIM: a fundraising shopping party and jeans drive! Local artists and retailers will be selling products ranging from all-natural skincare (Be Clean), to clothing and accessories (Kaleidos and Mallory Shelter Jewelry) to home goods and paper products (Elizabeth Graeber and Painted Palettes). We’ll have sparkling wine on hand and plenty of ~GOOD VIBES~ as we support DC women.

All retailers are donating 10% of proceeds to N Street Village, a local organization that protects, supports, and empowers DC homeless women. A representative from the organization will be on hand to answer questions, and A Free Hand Co. will be collecting suggested donations of either $10 or a pair of plus-sized jeans at the door to benefit N Street Village. Either donation will entitle the giver to a raffle ticket for the chance to win a gift certificate to a Sill Life terrarium-making class at The Lemon Bowl!

When: Sunday, February 19th • 11am-5pm
Where: A Creative DC: Brookland • 716 Monroe St NE, Studio 8, Washington, DC, 20017
What: A shopping party + jeans drive to benefit N Street Village. Grab your besties and stop by for bubbly wine and lots of beautiful goods from local retailers + makers
What to bring: $10 suggested donation and/or a pair of jeans that meet the following specifications:
– Adult sizes 16+
– No rips or tears
– Working button/zipper
– New or used in good condition

Anyone who donates directly to N Street Village the day of the event will be entered in a raffle to win a gift certificate to a terrarium-making class with Sill Life.”

  • Asking for size 16+ seems a bit strange and a touch condescending/prejudiced – I’m sure you don’t mean to promote the “fat and lazy” sterotype, but this kind of does.

    • kwame

      I read it as age 16+ but I could be wrong.

    • Nicole Capo

      Hi Victoria!

      The jean sizing was a specific request from N Street Village — They’re often overwhelmed with clothing donations and don’t have enough space to accommodate everything, so they have to make it a point to request exactly what they’re in need of at any given time. They’re currently in need of plus-sized jeans, because most people tend to donate smaller sizes and they have a lot of plus-sized women who would benefit from clothing donations as well! Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns about the event.


      • I totally understand the realities. Dealing with donated goods is way more trouble than it is worth, except as a loss leader. (People like to feel good about donating, and might actually get in the stream to donate actual money.)

        I just want to suggest you consider the message you are sending out to the world.

        • Mollie

          Victoria – While I understand that cash donations are always the most sensible and that assumptions are unfairly made about people who are less fortunate – your tone and public criticism is too harsh. In the year that is 2017 – let’s find a way to find the light when it exists. It was asked what N street could use and they said plus sized jeans. Let’s hope folks who are able provide thosedo – and that N Street also receives cash through the percentage of sales that the businesses are donating.

        • Bobby McBob

          You’re totally right, they should definitely not ask for the stuff they really need, if asking for such is going to further stereotypes that some people (apparently?) have about residents in women’s shelters.

    • anon

      I contacted the organization (via an email address listed on the linked page), and they said that N Street Village “specifically requested plus sizes (16 or above) because they currently have a large amount of smaller sized donations and not enough for the plus-sized residents/women who use their services.”

    • saf

      Plus size clothes are often in short supply in donations.

  • “– Adult sizes 16+”

  • takomanorpark

    This seems like a great event! I’m out of town this weekend but wish I could make it!


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