Hey guys! I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything on this site; life has just been soooo busy and challenging but I’m really going to make an effort to be on here and post new recipes.
The reason I’ve been so busy is that I’ve been focusing on our store, Woodstock Reveries. In a nutshell, someone bought the building that housed our home and store in October 2017 and we had to move suddenly. My health took a bad turn and we lost our dog, Rosie. It was a flood of bad things all at once.
After four years in one spot, the store had become well-known and successful, only to shut down. For a whole year, we had the store only online and it has been a struggle. We recreated the store on our front porch last fall but since we are a bit outside the main town, traffic is slow. Now we really are The Hidden Gem of Woodstock. We are hoping that will change as the weather gets warmer and tourist season begins.
Just because the past year and a half has been rough, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been focused on vegan things. I celebrated my 10 year Veganversary on February 23rd. Woo Hoo!!
And veganism is the main focus of our shop and I’d like to share with you what we do to help animals. Woodstock Reveries is the ONLY vegan store in town! Everything we sell is 100% cruelty-free and proceeds from our handmade bags and gifts go to help animal rescues and sanctuaries.
Every month we choose a different animal sanctuary to be our Sanctuary of the Month and they receive proceeds from a wealth of animal- and vegan-related gifts such as candles and handmade jewelry.
At the same time, we also have lots of other special fundraisers to help other sanctuaries, dog and cat rescues, wildlife rescues and more.
Here is a list of the animal sanctuaries and rescues we have helped so far:
I look at this list every time I feel like I’m not doing enough or doing well enough to remind myself that what we do here at Woodstock Reveries really does make a difference.
Here are just some of the ways we help animals:
We have a line of gorgeous handmade Boho vegan bags called the Help a Hero Vegan Bag Collection. This began because the people who run rescues and sanctuaries are true heroes and they all need help to keep saving animals. The beautiful bags are handmade in Massachusetts from repurposed materials, they are cruelty-free and each is one of a kind. Best of all, when you purchase a Help a Hero Vegan Bag, YOU get to choose which rescue or sanctuary gets the 15% donation. Right now, our Spring line is out and our Winter Clearance Sale is still going on.
In Hawaii, there is a huge rescue effort going on to save over 1000 cows and calves who are at risk for slaughter from a closing dairy farm. Vegan Aloha has already made 3 rounds of saving cows and reuiniting calves with their mothers. They need lots of donations for the cows, vet care, food, and more.
We have a collection of Vintage Swarovski Cluster Earrings (piereced and clip-on) that look like tropical flowers you might find in Hawaii and we are donating 20% from each sale to this cow rescue mission.
Our Sanctuary of the Month
Every month we choose a different vegan animal sanctuary to receive the donations from special Gifts that Give Back. As you can see from the list above, we have helped sanctuaries all over the country and around the world. Here are just some of the special Gifts that Give Back to our Sanctuary of the Month:
Our Vegan Because…Candles are handpoured by a vegan artist. They come in an exclusive vanilla sandlewood scent and 7 different animals. You can choose from cow (compassion), pig (love), chick (life), goat (justice), bunny (freedom), horse (equality) and sheep (hope).
How adorable are these Foodie Stud Earrings handmade in NJ by a vegan artist?!
Choose from bell peppers, carrots, tomatoes, eggplants, pears, plums, oranges, peaches, apples, radishes, ice cream and of course, avocados. The avocados and some others also come in hair pins!
Or maybe you’d rather wear animal earrings. We have pigs, cows, horses, bunnies, chickens, sheep and duckies.
The pigs and cows also come in necklaces.
Our NJ vegan artist also makes stickers, posters, aprons, zippered pouches and gorgeous Vegan Charm Bracelets. Proceeds from all of these gifts goes to our Sanctuary of the Month.
Another favorite vegan artist of ours makes adorable charm bracelets in all types of gemstones. We have pretty much every animal you can think of including cows, pigs, piglets, sheep, lambs, goats, chickens, chicks, turkeys, horses, donkeys, rats, alpacas, turtles, bunnies, rhinos and elephants.
Even more fundraisers
At any given time, we also have lots of other fundraisers going on. Right now we are also helping New York Bully Crew, Bronx Tails Cat Rescue, Josh and His Critters, Animal Lovers League, The Surf and Turf Sanctuary, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Pet Loss.com, and the list is every growing. This doesn’t even include all the gifts we donate to rescues for raffles and auctions.
So as you can see, I’ve been very busy trying to keep our business going while also helping lots of animals and spreading the vegan love.
We Need You!!
We need you to help keep this all going. As brilliantly said in the article by @brightzine when you support independent vegan businesses, you are not only supporting the dream of the person running the business but you’re supporting someone who is an advocate for the animals.
The money you spend will also go back to the animals, keeping the money in the Vegan community and making it stronger.
To save more animals, we need to support the people behind the movement rather than putting that money into big corps or even small businesses that use, exploit and hurt animals with their products.
Support Small Vegan Businesses and help more animals 🐮🐷🐶🐰🐭🐒🐥🦆🐝🦋🐛🐢🐙🐍🐡🐳🐋🐏🐘🦍🦓🐑🐓🦃🐐🦔
How to Shop
You can help us help animals by shopping at our online store at https://woodstockreveries.com
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