Thursday, March 10, 2011
Sweet Notions is an initiative of Matryoshka Haus, a U.S. 501c3 charity which exists to spin out new projects, initiatives, and social enterprises that bring transformation like this one. Sweet Notions accepts donations of accessories like jewelry, handbags, scarves, hats, belts, ties and cuff links (even if they need a bit of repairing). Some items go to a Sweet Notions Mobile Boutique Event or Pop-up shop and the money generated goes toward funding Sweet Notion's Design Camps. Donated items that are to be repaired or repurposed get used at the Design Camps where women learn skills like sewing, beadwork, embroidery. The women also gain merchandising and retail expertise that will teach them how to run a boutique event and sell the items they made.