18 Mar 2013 FUNKY FRUGAL: Repurposing with a purpose
by Tanner Cangelosi
I will be frequenting this Little Rock gem found on Kanis. Joelda was kind enough to sit down with me to discuss Sparrow’s Nest.
How did this idea begin?
Both Lisa and I were working separately on finding ways to do fundraisers to redeem victims of human trafficking. One-time fundraising events left Lisa realizing that a better, more efficient way was needed. Something more consistent. She had always dreamed of a resale store for a cause, but had not found the right cause until light was shed on human trafficking. Lisa approached me with the idea, and we both felt that stirring that only God can do. We quit our jobs, and the adventure began. Redeem and restore furniture in order to redeem and restore lives.
What is the purpose of the Sparrow’s Nest?
The Sparrow’s Nest is a non-profit partnership with P.A.T.H. (Partners Against Trafficking Humans). It is our mission to financially aid P.A.T.H. through the profits of our store to redeem and restore girls trapped in sex trade against their wills in our city, state and nation. We welcome tax deductible items to help further our mission.
How does your store work?
Lisa – being a picker at heart – scours auctions, estate sales and yard sales to find great deals and fabulous treasures for the Nest. However, donations are what are really going to keep the Nest healthy financially and therefore able to help P.A.T.H.
My role at the Nest is creative director, which means I paint the furniture when needed. I use Annie Sloan chalk paint from the U.K. I love using that product. I also repurpose donations. For example we received a beautiful Ethan Allen table with a broken leg. I cut off the legs, added bun feet and voila! Broken table to fabulous coffee table.
We want to be known for great, unusual and one-of-a-kind deals, so that people will want to check us first when looking for their needs.
What is your favorite thing about the store?
Both Lisa and I agree on this one — it’s when God shows up and gives us a ministry within our ministry. It is not unusual for a customer to come in the Nest, make a purchase, then hesitate and say, “Let me tell you my story.” We now keep a prayer journal and pray for them. Love that!
Oh, and they pray for us as well. We have made some wonderful new friends at the Nest.