Last week, as two friends paid for their finds at Renewal, they said they knew by waiting a few days for Black Friday, they would save 30%. They went ahead and purchased at full price fearing their treasures would be sold by then. At the Carry On Shop, a visitor from France bought first copy a new item — the colorful, upbeat new book Let’s All Go to Baltimore!
The Carry On Shop hosted an after-hours event for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation on Oct 24. It was a time to eat, drink, mix and mingle, and comb the treasures of the shop. The event introduced the Carry On Shop and the Women’s Board to members of the Johns Hopkins community who may not be aware of all the Shop and the Board do to help support patient care at Johns Hopkins.
If interested in having an event such as this, please email The Carry On Shop at Jsizemo2@jhmi.edu and someone from the committee will be back in contact with you.
New and Vintage Wedding Gowns and Evening Wear.
Among the many delightful, loyal shoppers at the Carry On Shop is Dr. Edward McFarland. On his latest shopping expedition, the renowned orthopaedic surgeon bought a special gift for his wife. That was only after quickly exploring every detail of the Shop. Purchase complete, he was thrilled to find the mahogany armchair, a spot for a quick, comfortable rest before heading back to his busy day. In Dr. McFarland’s words, “I buy everything at the Carry On Shop,” clearly helping the Women’s Board fulfill its mission, to advance patient care at Johns Hopkins. Every purchase makes a difference!
The May issue of Guilford Stroll features Cocktails for a Cause, an event to
encourage donations for the Carry On Shop. The COS team hosted Guilford neighbors in March for a night out, showcasing the shop and the impact high-quality donations has on its success. The beautiful photography of the article includes many smiling faces familiar to the Women’s Board. The Everhart Veterinary Medicine ambulance, on hand to collect contributions, was background for several fun pictures as it was filled with contributions. Thanks were given to sponsors Everhart Veterinary Medicine, JTC Jewelry Design and Maryland Eye and Face.
Cocktails for a Cause draws on the important theme of Resale for a Cause,
highlighting the importance of community support and donations to the Women’s Board fund raising efforts on behalf of Johns Hopkins. The Carry On Team and the Women’s Board are grateful to Stroll Guilford for the continuing coverage. This includes complimentary ads and now six articles!
On WYPR, Midday with Tom Hall, Joan Quinn and Susan Posner did a fantastic job of promoting sustainable fashion and the Carry On Shop and Renewal Upscale Resale. Click here to listen what they had to say, and hear the words of a woman who called in. A dedicated “thrifter” who praised hospital resale shops as being the best for great finds, excellent prices, and clean, welcoming environments. When Tom asked Joan and Susan what they wished for the shops — a steady stream of generous donors and new and returning shoppers!
At noon on Thursday, April 20, on WYPR, Tom Hall is doing an interview with Susan Posner and Joan Quinn about the contributions the Carry On Shop and Renewal Upscale Resale make to sustainability. Earth Day, April 22, brings protecting our planet to the forefront, and the Women’s Board has been helping through resale for almost 100 years. We’ve been recycling the closets of loyal and new donors and shoppers for a long time! Tune in!!
Carry On Shop and Renewal Upscale Resale remind Board members and
sustainers that donations of quality items from family, friends, and their own closets are essential to their success. Closets are being cleaned, people are moving, their lives are changing, please reach out and remind them the Women’s Board will offer their treasures a new life, and they will be supporting the mission of the Board to advance patient care and provide medical and nursing scholarships at Johns Hopkins. Be in touch with the shops for pick up as needed.
As April is upon us, Guilford Stroll is featuring the Carry On Shop in the fourth of a wonderful series of articles on the Women’s Board. Nathan Diennes, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Development Office, recounts his fun and finds as he spends time at the shop– the thrill of the hunt amid the varied, ever changing merchandise; the joy of a special find as well as a great deal; the delight of meeting the volunteer team, John the manager, and of course the loyal customers. The stories of these customers are part of the spirit of the shop. They include students new to Johns Hopkins “thrift shopping” for furnishings and wall art, employees and staff of the medical campus browsing during a needed break, faithful followers checking in to see what’s new, lovers of vintage clothing, along with people who use the store and visits with John and the team as a chance to find affordable things, experience caring and kindness.
Kathy Abbott has been a proud member of the Women’s Board since 2011. It all started in 2009, when Pam Hindsley, then Best Dressed Sale chair, wisely asked her to help with Vintage Clothing donations. As Kathy’s most recent education had been in Costume History and Design, she was thrilled to accept because of her passion for vintage clothing and because of the worthwhile cause of contributing to benefit patient care at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
After volunteering for the board for several years and finishing a second degree in Theatre, Design and Production at Towson University, she became a member ready to dedicate her newly found free time to the Women’s Board. Kathy has continued to oversee Vintage, at first at the Best Dressed Sale, then at the shop at Kenilworth Mall, now at Renewal and at the Carry On Shop. In addition to co chairing the Carry On Shop, she has helped with Great Taste events, the Golf Classic, and any number of other committees needing volunteers.
Kathy’s favorite committee has been Hospital Relations (now Grants and Awards), thus being part of the review of grants submitted by various departments and of the decision as to how to allocate the funds the board has worked so hard to raise. For Kathy, a personal benefit of being a board member has been the number of wonderful women she has had the opportunity to meet, and the friendships that have evolved when she thought all her friendships already had been made!
In November and December, the magazine featured complimentary half page ads for the Carry On Shop.
Then in January, an article introduced the Women’s Board and the Carry On Shop to Guilford readers. February Stroll Guilford expanded on the work of the Women’s Board, introducing board members, past and present, who live in Guilford. Readers were reminded that the Carry On Shop depends upon and gratefully accepts donations!
The March issue highlighted grants and scholarships awarded by the Women’s Board in 2022 to Johns Hopkins. Readers learned that the board has awarded, since 1927, over $25 million to Johns Hopkins, including more recently, a major grant for the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center.
The April Stroll issue will feature an article by Nathan Diennes, of the School of Medicine Development Office, beautifully describing the Carry On Shop, its varied merchandise and many customers, and introducing Sandy, John and other members of the faithful COS team.