The Brandywine Consignment Shop was featured in Community Lenders’ Annual Report 2016:
From small things, great things are possible.
The Little Yellow House – Brandywine Consignment Shop – is a magnet for bargain hunters, savvy shoppers and volunteers. But its impact is even more significant: it is helping to improve the health of residents of the Coatesville area. Revenues from the shop are directed to the Brandywine Health Foundation, which has received almost one-million dollars over the years.
Proceeds supports the mission of the Foundation, which provides grants and serves as a resource to nonprofit organizations that improve access to healthcare, dental care, prescription coverage, community services and mental health services to the uninsured and under-insured. A big job that the Little Yellow House is proud to support.
“The Brandywine Health Foundation is leading the charge to improve the health of those who are most in need in the Coatesville area. We thank the people and groups that support our efforts and are making it possible to address these challenges,” said Frances M. Sheehan, President and CEO.
Recently, The Little Yellow House took a giant step. With permanent financing provided by Community Lenders, the consignment shop expanded from 2,200 square feet to 6,000 square feet. It nearly tripled in size! With the expansion came an increase in inventory and sales and ultimately donations to the Foundation.
As the shop grew, it also outgrew its moniker and it now known as the Big Yellow House. As was predicted by volunteer executives from the non-profit SCORE, it is on track to double its donations to the Foundation.
“The Big Yellow House is a win-win all the way around. It is helping the Foundation and those it serves, consignors are making ends meet by selling unused goods and people are getting goods at affordable prices,” commented Nancy Oliver, Shop Manager.
And while the organizations that the Foundation funds make it possible for children, older adults and others in the community to improve the quality of their lives, the shop is helping the community blossom in other ways. Those who consign their belongings are supporting environmental sustainability by repurposing their possessions rather than discarding them, the more than 60 volunteers – many of them widows – are forging new friendships and connecting with others in the community and the shoppers know that their purchases are making a difference in the lives of people in their community.
To view the full report from Community Lenders, please click here.