One of our end-of-year rituals here at the shop is counting up the donation jar that sits on our desk.
We have a bundle of used books and magazines sitting on a ledge in the hall outside the shop, and we ask for a small donation in exchange for those items. The proceeds are sent to March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society.
You never know what you might find in there. A lover of mid-century ephemera, I’ve dropped a few quarters in the donation jar myself over the years, having discovered some irresistible issues of McCall’s Needlework circa 1956.
It seems to us like a beneficial situation for everyone involved: knitters appreciate getting rid of their old-but-good publications, those old knitting booklets find new life in new hands, who in turn get their booklets at a low price, and the proceeds go to a good cause. We’re just happy to facilitate this exchange!
Thanks to all who helped fill our donation jar this year; it feels good to count it up and send it off to organizations who work hard to take care of people. May you and yours have a happy and healthy new year!