Did you know that small boutiques and independently run stores often order too much inventory? Many of them already have plans in place to eliminate excess stock that doesn’t sell, but some may be willing to donate a piece or two to help your cause!
If you’re a regular shopper at a local boutique, you know how easy it is to get on a friendly basis with the staff members. Next time you drop by, consider asking a store manager what they do with extra stock that doesn’t sell. A lot of stores have these “backup plans” already, but as a smaller or independently run store, they typically have more flexibility. Explain to them what My Fashion Project is, and be sure to emphasize the charity you’ve chosen to benefit and why it’s such an important cause to you.
Reiterate that their clothing would be treated delicately and photographed beautifully by a team of expert professionals. Since the items would be new-with-tags, they would generate a higher selling price on your Fashion Project–so be sure to mention that a donation from their boutique would make an even larger impact!
As always, donating through Fashion Project generates a tax deduction, so remind your friends at the boutique that they’ll receive a tax receipt for the following year within 30 days of donating. It’s a three-way win: you get beautiful, new-with-tags items for sale in your Fashion Project. The boutique receives a tax write-off for their generosity. And your charity gets an even bigger check!