Consignment store owner Michelle Puckett is within the enterprise of giving back.
Most customers at Puckett’s Houston, Tex., store, Designer Change, are there to buy discounted designer clothes, however a couple of go to for a really different motive. They’re there to get their lives again on observe.
“We sell all these lovely designer clothing and accessory gadgets from quality designers, like Chanel, Gucci and Ferragamo, on consignment for eighty % under value, Puckett explained in a 2013 press release. “But even those big discounts aren’t essentially affordable for individuals who’ve been out of work and are struggling. /p>
And so, Puckett hit upon the concept of combining her consignment store along with her nonprofit.
She began Blooming Butterflies, Inc. in 2003 during a particularly tough patch: She was in the midst of a divorce and her son, Charles, 33, had been severely injured in a motorbike accident that required nerve transplant surgery. “My son and i reached out and formed our own nonprofit so we may help others start over in life … due to the few individuals who reached out and helped us, she said in a latest interview with the Houston Chronicle.
The nonprofit helps victims of domestic violence and senior residents by lending clothes for job interviews and providing resume services. The clothes come from both donations and the consignment store, and they’re returned after use.
“Since 2010, we have now provided assistance to 148 disadvantaged and battered girls, 22 struggling males and around 87 senior residents, not to say the nursing properties, she informed the Houston Chronicle.
Over the past few years, Puckett has additionally run several successful fundraisers from her retailer. Additionally, Blooming Butterflies gives disadvantaged girls from native shelters with ‘Baskets of recent Life’ which include hair merchandise, make-up jewelry and other equipment to assist these ladies find a recent start.