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Re-Style: Baubles and Bags Create Courage and Confidence

Re-Style is a new monthly blog featuring stylist tips and more from our Resale Stores! 

Our Guest Blogger is Lyndell Werling, Personal Stylist at lyndellwerling.com and CRC Resale Store Volunteer

February 23, 2017

One of the most famous movie lines in recent history came from an adorable creature named Yoda in Star Wars. Yoda’s role as a legendary teacher consisted of training pivotal characters in the Star Wars Universe, such as Luke Skywalker, to be a warrior; a force for good. In his profound proclamation he instructed the young prodigy: “Do. Or do not do. There is no try.”

What on earth could this analogy possibly have to do with the CRC’s mission? Here’s how I see the correlation.

Yoda possessed unparalleled light, or good energy. He lived in a cave to conceal it. Although none of us are in such a predicament, many of us do live in an undisputed paradise with near perfect weather, natural beauty, wealth; a place where dreams come true. Unfortunately, many in our community are not included in this bounty.

There are too many individuals amongst us who struggle to put food on their tables, living with the fear and challenges that accompany domestic violence, or are in desperate need a real life Yoda to coach them to self-sufficiency. We may not all be Yoda, but we certainly can do things to support those who are.

Here’s the correlation between Yoda’s plea to take action and the CRC Resale stores. Baubles, bags and other items sold at the CRC Resale stores create courage and confidence through funding CRC’s programs. These programs not only fight hunger, stop domestic violence and empower self-sufficiency in our local community, they also arm individuals with the courage to leave abusive relationships and the confidence to secure positive employment and make life changes for a brighter future.

These programs not only fight hunger, stop domestic violence and empower self-sufficiency in our local community, they also arm individuals with the courage to leave abusive relationships and the confidence to secure positive employment and make life changes for a brighter future.

As a stylist, my visual branding and professional reputation are premised on what I wear. While, like most people, I would love a designer handbag, I often forgo these luxuries due to the high retail price tag. While volunteering at CRC, I found two luxury bags that I could afford; a brand new Marc Jacobs bag and a gently used Prada purse. Each bag boosts my confidence when I’m striving for an extra polished look. Both quickly became essential parts of my wardrobe.

Other treasures I’ve found at the Encinitas store include a St. John dress, and a pair of brand new Pour La Victoire heels. The combination of my finds created an on trend outfit that was otherwise unaffordable at regular retail prices. This outfit has served me well on numerous important occasions, and I am empowered with the confidence knowing the money CRC received from my purchases will continue to serve others in crisis.

I am empowered with the confidence knowing the money CRC received from my purchases will continue to serve others in crisis.

Let’s talk about baubles.

If you ask me, accessories make the outfit. Consequently, I defend jewelry as an important component of a wardrobe budget. Accessories can increase the cost of an outfit by thirty to fifty percent, but they don’t have to. Savvy shoppers know that fashionable and vintage jewelry can be found at incredible prices in resale stores. I’ve been fortunate to find fantastic pieces of jewelry for myself, and several of my clients, at CRC.

Funding CRC Programs

Like a pebble creating a ripple in a pond, very small dollar amounts can make very large impacts to the CRC programs. Here are four examples of how dollars donated, or received in resale store sales, become benefits provided.

$25 can provide a family of four with healthy food for a day.
$100 can give shelter to a homeless individual or family.
$250 can provide an individual or family with the counseling they need to heal.
$500 can help provide a child the chance to heal in CRC’s Therapeutic Children’s Center.

Weekly Discounts at CRC Resale Stores

The remarkable deals in the stores get sweetened on several days of the week. Take advantage of these discounts to stretch your dollars further:

  • Daily: 10% discount for seniors and active duty military.
  • Tuesdays: Pick your discount days. A fish bowl full of envelopes contain discounts. Each customer may select an envelope which contains a discount that will be applied to his or her purchase.
  • Wednesdays: Half priced media day. Media includes books, music, and movies.
  • Saturdays and Sundays: a discount on a specific colored price tag is available.

Do come in and visit us soon! Do bring a friend. Do take something with you when you leave. Do donate something for the CRC to sell when you go. Do tell friends about the reasons to support the CRC. Do. Or do not do. There is no try!