Sunday, November 20, 2011

Opting Out of Black Friday and Free Punjammies For You

The busiest shopping days of the year are upon us: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday.

Stores flood, wallets empty, and your sister receives another bottle of body lotion she hates.

This year would you consider trying something different?

This year, bring unique gifts to your holiday gathering and make a decision to shop with a purpose.

Delicate Fortress Creations is an online store with a mission to end human trafficking, poverty, and modern day slavery. I could go on for pages about all the great things DFC offers, but I understand the short attention span of bloggers, and therefore, here’s a tiny break down of some cool DFC facts:
  • DFC works with over twenty-five different artisan groups from all over the world.
  • DFC carries a variety of quality products including purses, jewelry, headbands, children's items, and clothing.
  • DFC offers a way for people to raise money (nonprofits and families hoping to adopt). 
  • On Black Friday, DFC is offering 30% off and free shipping on select items. Plus, $1.00 of each purchase will be donated to a literacy program for purchases bought on Saturday.
  • This Tuesday, DFC is launching a brand new product- trendy, upcycled bags from Haiti.
  • DFC is offering you one pair of free punjammies ($35.00 value)!

 What are punjammies? Glad you asked. Take a peek, and envision yourself (or someone on your gift list) in them now.





Not only are DFC's punjammies comfortable and cute, but they are made by survivors of forced prostitution. To win your free pair of punjammies (you pick the color and style), simply complete any or all of the following:
  • Ask the owner of DFC, Karyn, a question about DFC, the store’s products, or the artists she works with in my comment section. Don’t worry, your question won’t get lost in cyber space, Karyn is actually answering questions here.
  • Like Delicate Fortress Creations on Facebook.
  • Click over to the DFC blog and become a follower.

One entry in the contest will be given for each task completed (If you like DFC on Facebook or subscribe to the DFC blog, just let me know in the comments as well). Then, on Tuesday night, I will announce a winner, and Karyn will send out your punjammies.

Complete your holiday shopping, give unique gifts, and help in the fight against human trafficking. Now that gives us all something to really “Fa, la, la” about.

Let’s begin: What question do you have for Karyn?


***Contest is now closed. Thanks for the support you showered on Karyn!***

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Linking with Jen and crew.

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48 comments:

Amy Sullivan said...

Me first, me first!

Karyn,
I've read on your blog a book helped inspire your business. "Not for Sale". I love that book too. Can you give us a sentence or two summary of it?

Kelli said...

Awesome Amy! Thank you for sharing this! I'm headed there to check it out!:)

Brian Miller said...

nice...not for sale is a great book...there is also a YA book called SOLD that is good as well for perspective....work with another organization that fights human traficking particularly in thailand...

Amber said...

I love this idea and have two friends who are very passionate about fighting human trafficking. Actually, my husband is joining them in a few weeks to run "Tough Mudder" as a way to raise awareness and money for local foundations.

My question is (and maybe I missed this), but is all of the women creating the products you sale international or do you have some women stateside creating?

Amber said...

I am following DFC blog

Delicate Fortress Creations said...

Amy, what a beautiful blog post! Thank you!

Question answer time.....

Amy, Not For Sale is an incredibly powerful, real look into the faces of modern day slavery that presents a real and practical outlook at what's at work on our world today. It also presents a message of hope with people and organizations making very real differences for the victims and survivors. Once you read it, you won't forget it.

Amber, I can't wait to hear more about what Tough Mudder is!! The majority of our items have been created internationally but our bath and body products have been made by a group in Chicago called Pure Eden, working to fight poverty and domestic violence here in the states, and Thistle Farms, a 2 year residential program in Nashville, TN working with women who have been imprisoned, fighting addictive behaviors or have been rescued from human trafficking.

Brian, I have not read Sold, but its fantastic that there is a book out there appealing to younger audiences.

Shane said...

Karyn,
What's your favorite product?

Delicate Fortress Creations said...

Oooh, good question Shane.

My favorite are actually the punjammies. :) They're beautiful, super comfy and more importantly, they do this....

http://delicatefortress.blogspot.com/2011/02/i-need-to-tell-you-about-nimmi.html

Jen said...

Just love that DFC's punjammies are made by those who once were forced into prostitution. What a great way to support something worthwhile, get something cute....AND avoid the crazy shopping mayhem come, Black Friday! :) Thanks Amy! ~ jen

lori said...

I'm excited to learn more about all that DFC does. I just signed up for the blog and like your fb page, so that means I'll get to explore more of all the goodness you're doing. My question is this: How do you fight the weight of feeling overwhelmed by the huge task of fighting such a huge battle? (sorry. I know this is kind of a huge question!)

Delicate Fortress Creations said...

Thank you Lori! I guess I can answer your question with 2 answers. A group we have worked with in the past, A21, based out of Greece, uses the phrase "for the one", and their focus is one at a time. If one can be helped, more will be helped in the future. I believe that with them.

The other answer would be, I feel hopeful in fighting this battle because of the way I learned about it. If i had heard about human trafficking on TV with horrible images, the helplessness of fighting it would have been overwhelming. Learning about it through an awesome tote, however, made it feel completely different. It became real to me that you could make a difference, you could offer dignity and livelihood in real, practical ways, simply through shopping. That's not guilt inducing - it's motivating. So that's what I try to focus on with the business. With each item purchased someone is being helped and as they wear/use their item, the person who made it is being advocated for. It's just incredible.

Thee Fire Wife said...

How much profit do the punjama designers make for their work??

Thee Fire Wife said...

I liked Delicate Fortress Creations on FB! Can't wait to do some shopping!

Jen said...

Hi Amy,

Thanks for sharing! I am also embracing the mission of hope for women being rescued from human trafficking as a new representative for the Starfish Project. Shopping with a purpose is not new for me as God prompted me to begin doing this several months ago. It is such a practical way to invest in the needy and broken in this world while also giving to others.

Delicate Fortress Creations said...

Hi Thee Fire Wife! We pay for the punjammies up front by paying The International Princess Project, the nonprofit caring for the artisans. 63% of the purchase prices goes right to them. I am not sure what the exact rate is that the artisans themselves are being paid, but they are being paid a fair wage for their work and have good working conditions as well as receive medical, psychological care and a safe living and working environment.

Nancy said...

Just followed the blog and liked the Facebook page. I love that you're doing this Amy. My question for Karyn has to do with the logistics of getting these items into the US to sell. Our church supports another mission project in which women produce handbags, but it seems like it's cost prohibitive to get the purses to the US for sale.

Delicate Fortress Creations said...

Hi Nancy,

I'm not sure on costs because my suppliers have headquarters here in the US, which is where my shipments are coming from. I worked with a group last year whose church brought bags over from Mozambique in order to fund a truck for their village. Maybe they could help! Here's the website for them along which has contact info on it - http://thecapulanastore.com/

Zach + Michelle said...

I like of facebook!

Beck Gambill said...

Great reminder to be responsible, compassionate shoppers!

Jennifer @ GettingDownWithJesus.com said...

Wow. I just checked out the company's site. What a beautiful ministry, and gorgeous products! Thank you for featuring this here, Amy.

mememommer said...

Karyn, The punjammies look so comfortable! What sizes do they come in?

Amy Sullivan said...

Karyn,
Random question:
Do you say punjammies like "jam" on bread?

Delicate Fortress Creations said...

Mememommer: They come in every size from XS (sz. 2-4) to XL (sz. 18-20) as well as 2 different lengths - capri and full length.

Amy: Yep! :) Ooh, I have a question for you.... how will you pick the winner?

Amy Sullivan said...

Karyn,
Weelll, I'm glad you asked.

I am using a VERY high tech system. . .writing each person's name down on a piece of paper (people who subscribe, question, and "like" will get one entry for each task completed), and then I thought I'd video tape myself picking one name out of a cup, and then post the little video clip on my blog.

Very, very scientific.

Heidi said...

Wow, so cute and what an amazing cause. Thanks Amy for introducing us!

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

Awesome post, Amy - I just love your helping heart (and I'd love me some of those punjammies, so I liked them on Facebook!).

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

Following the DFC blog, too -- :)

Lisa notes... said...

I love everything about this idea. A great way to shop on Friday.

Laura Wilcox said...

I'm so glad to know about punjammies! God's fingerprints of redemption are all over these cute pjs. I hope in the near future to support the efforts of these women!

journeytoepiphany said...

Amy,
You've done it again! You've found a way to be Jesus to the world...Christmas shopping and helping others at the same time. Brilliant!

Sara Schlesser said...

Hi Karyn,

Do you have the opportunity to personally get to know any of the individuals crafting DFC's products? Also, I am really interested in becoming more involved in the cause to prevent human trafficking. Any suggestions on where to start in finding an organization that needs volunteers?

This is such a great idea! Amy, thanks for sharing in time for holiday shopping!

Sara

dawnkristine said...

Thank you Amy for showing me Delicate Fortress. I love this post, I love their mission, and I love the things Karyn is selling. I am following, and liking on FB, and I am headed there to start my shopping list! Thank you both. Hope you are well!

Dea said...

Thanks for the info Amy. I had heard something about the punjammies but I didn't really get what it was all about. Headed over there :)

Critty said...

My question for Karyn is...how did you come up with the name Delicate Fortress? I really like it. :)

I also liked DF on fb.

Now I am going to go look around the shop! Thanks for featuring things like this Amy...as someone who has a heart for trafficking things like this make my day.

Delicate Fortress Creations said...

Sara, it is wonderful that you want to start connecting and making a difference in the realm of human trafficking! Thank you! Here is a list of organizations by state in case you live in a state that is active against human trafficking (not all are). http://www.humantrafficking.org/countries/united_states_of_america/ngos Also, the Polaris Project is a great place to start!

We are getting closer to having personal connections with our artisans. I am able to work with the individuals heading up the projects, but haven't gotten to work with artisans one on one yet, although with our product release today I'm going to be able to meet the spouse of one of our artisans in a couple of weeks! I'm so excited!

Delicate Fortress Creations said...

Hi Critty! Thank you for the compliments on our name. We might have reconsidered it when we decided because we've had people think it was a line of lingerie or something! :) My husband actually suggested it because its an oxymoron, prompting a thoughtful response. Delicate because the survivors of human trafficking are vulnerable and fragile after their traumatic experiences and fortresses because of the strength they reveal, also because of their circumstances. I still love it too!

Jean Wise said...

Loved your blog and especially love discovering the DFC site I visited there and will be back to order things. Love supporting women throughout the world. Better use, wise use of our money instead of some of the junk we buy. Thanks for the connection.

Courtney said...

This is so cool. I just liked DFC's blog and Facebook page, and had so much fun browsing the collection - especially the necklaces. Thanks for bringing this impressive shop to my attention, Amy! I'm definitely going to do some Christmas shopping here.

My question is, do you ever get to meet any of the artisans who are creating these products? I'm wondering if you've done any overseas travel yet or if you plan to.

Delicate Fortress Creations said...

You know Courtney, I have always had a fear of overseas traveling and mission work, but since learning about the restavek (child slavery) situation in Haiti and seeing the great need - and now our work with an artisan group in Haiti - has given me a longing to go, which I NEVER expected!! I'm so excited because I get to meet one of the spouse's of our newest artisan, Polene, in a couple weeks!!

Abby said...

Thanks friend! This is all wonderful!!

Karyn, I have read 'Half the Sky', have you? but not, 'Not for Sale'--if you've read it, how is 'Not for Sale' different?

I'll find out more via your blog I'm sure.

{p.s. have you heard of WAR {Women at Risk}, you too Amy?? It seems like you have a similar passion...Blessings always!}

Sara Schlesser said...

Thanks for the response and links, Karyn! I hope you enjoy the time you share with the artisan you soon get to meet. This is such an important cause.

I liked your page on FB, too.

Delicate Fortress Creations said...

Abby, I haven't read Half the Sky yet, but have heard its a great book on human trafficking. And I have heard of WAR! Great site with a similar vision!

You are more than welcome Sara! Thank you for liking us on Facebook!

Christina Klas said...

Love.... I'm already adding their info to my list. :)

Jeri Taira said...

Question: What or Who first prompted you to what you do at DFC?

I absolutely love these Punjammies. I had to send a shout out on facebook for the women who make them and all it stands for.

Got my eye on the Nanu pair. So pretty.

Joan said...

Great idea - giving gifts that has meaning plus helping someone in need.

Blessings,
Joan

Joan said...

Great idea - giving gifts that has meaning plus helping someone in need.

Blessings,
Joan

Delicate Fortress Creations said...

Hi Jeri,

Thank you for the shout out! I actually received a tote as a promotional item when I ordered gifts online 2 Christmases ago that was from Freeset bags. The tote talked about human trafficking and the survivors who made it, so I did some research and found a lot of other gorgeous items, like punjammies, that you could purchase and help someone! I wished you could find a one stop shop with purpose but couldn't find one so I decided to start my own! :) Thank you for asking!

Natalie said...

AMY! We are indeed kindred spirits. I met a women back in August at the MOPS Convention in Nashville. Her name is Robin Rossmanith and she began a website called "Shop To Stop Slavery"...We invited her to come and speak to our group (they loved her!) and through her site, I found Delicate Fortress. I ordered a gift for one of my friends (GORGEOUS necklace and bracelet) and found that several women in our group had placed orders as well. WE LOVE IT!!!!! It's also relatively inexpensive - making it a no-brainer for gift-giving this year. Love that you featured them!!!!!

SO good to visit - wishing I had more computer time...:(

Natalie at Mommy on Fire
http://www.mommyonfire.com

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