A family-owned shop will help victims of domestic violence through raising funds from a vintage pop-up sale on Saturday.
Agora Vintage, along with more than 10 other thrift collectors, will sell gently used designer and vintage goods to raise money for Project Safe, a local nonprofit working to help survivors of domestic abuse.
Visitors can expect deals on used designer goods such as Lilly Pulitzer, Tory Burch, Jimmy Choo and Gucci all between $5–$40.
Airee Edwards, who co-owns Agora Vintage with her husband, said the sale is an opportunity to give back to an organization that means a lot to her.
“A lot of people don’t realize that my mother and I ran away from my father when I was nine because he was very abusive,” Edwards said. “Growing up, it was a very harsh environment. I know my mother has gone through a lot of pain from it.”
Whenever Edwards hears stories from women in the community, she always directs them to Project Safe for recourses.
“We all wish we didn’t have to have organizations like this but the unfortunate fact is that we do because domestic violence is more pervasive than we think,” said Erin Podvin, who is on the board of directors for Project Safe.
All proceeds donated from the pop-up sale will go towards Project Safe’s largest fundraiser of the year, Dancing with the Athens Stars, where Edwards will perform alongside a professional dancer in hopes of winning either the best dance trophy or the audience’s trophy for most donations raised.
Edwards’s husband has participated in two fundraising exhibitions for the organization in the past including a step dance competition called “Stomp Out Domestic Violence.”
Out of every dollar collected during the fundraiser, 90 cents will go directly to help someone escape an abuser by providing counseling, an emergency shelter, medical attention or clothing.
“We even help pets get out of bad situations,” Podvin said. “Sometimes you leave with nothing but the clothes on your back, running for your life.”
In addition to supporting Project Safe, Airee Edwards will also attempt to promote sustainability during her sale by selling $10 canvas tote bags she designed herself.
Anytime customers come into her store with a canvas bag, they will receive $1 off their purchase as an incentive to avoid plastic shopping bags.
“You’re also staying green by recycling designer and vintage items that are quality made instead of going into fast fashion,” Edwards said.
Agora Vintage anticipates many students to attend the sale as purchasing used clothing has become a fashion trend on campus.
“A lot of my stuff is from Goodwill. It’s cool now if you say ‘I just got this from the thrift store,’” said Jenna Currin, employee and customer at Agora Vintage.
Community collectors setting up booths at the pop-up sale will display contemporary designer clothing, vintage clothing, handbags, jewelry, shoes and antique home décor for discounted prices.
“Being a small business owner, I believe everyone should give something back,” Edwards said.
Local vintage collectors will gather at 121 East Clayton St. on Saturday, Feb. 11, and the event will last from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.