Monday, September 27, 2010

To the Flea we go!

Bernard Meltzer was a popular US radio host with a huge following. When he spoke, everyone listened. Meltzer once opined that, "Blessed are those who give without remembering and blessed are those who take without forgetting." How simple this is and how true.

Gentle Paws has been extremely lucky to have so many kind souls out there constantly concerned about our progress, so readily lending a hand when it is needed. I'm real sorry for the lack of updates the past two weeks. I've been really swamped with school work but that's no excuse for neglecting to update. You - our kind readers - surely deserve better! 

The flea market that we advertised previously was real hard work. We spent two whole nights trying to sell everything and anything to everybody and anybody who walked past our little booth. Things we sold included doggie products donated to us by Takara Pets, secondhand books donated by our volunteers themselves, clothes donated by blogshop MissyPixie and other volunteers, a few bags, stuffed toys that were a surprising hit with the crowd, iphone covers, kitchen towels and secondhand dvds. 

Dog products

Stuffed toys


Clothes in a heap in true flea market style

On day one of the flea, we brought Dillon and Daelle along. It was an adventure for them, having never been to the city area of Singapore. The new sights and faces must have been too much for our boys. Before the clock struck 9 o'clock, Dillon could be seen slumped on the floor, snoring away. 

Now Dillon's awake...

Now he is not!

Daelle, on the other hand, was content to sit looking pretty

So excited that boy

Unlike the previous booth set up at the Mutts 'n' Mittens adoption drive, the market we were trying to entice this time was a totally different one. Gone were the sympathetic dog lovers who didn't think twice about reaching into their pockets. This time, we had skeptical members of the public who had no idea about our existence. Trying to sell a dress for $5 was more difficult than expected. We had to explain that the proceeds would go to our dog shelter. We would hand out brochures of Gentle Paws that we did up and introduce Dillon and Daelle. Out of the context of Pasir Ris Farmway, people were less easily moved! Nevertheless, from the 12 hours we put in selling our goods, we managed to raise a total of $620, excluding rent of the booth which cost us $50! 

We set up in the day time...

And persevered till night time!

As can be seen, there were a lot of behind the scenes preparation for this flea

Here is our most hardworking volunteer little Bryan giving out flyers

And here is our best saleswoman Florence promoting some clothes

And this is the nice uncle who bought quite a few towels from us

Browsing... browsing...

Dillon: Who said being the spokesdog of GPF is easy? So thirsty!

$620 may not sound like a lot but it means the world to us. We slogged to raise this amount and we're proud of every cent we got. Lots of people have helped us behind the scenes and we have a lot of thanks to give. First up, we want to thank Clara and friends for introducing us to the idea of a booth, for allowing us to take over her booth this month and consistently donating proceeds they earned from previous months to Gentle Paws and Friends. We couldn't have done this without you. Next, we want to thank online pet shop Takara Pets ( for their contribution of dog products for us to sell. We also have to thank MissPixie ( for their generous contribution of unsold clothing and Lisar who contributed her bags and bottles for sale. Last but not least, we would like to thank Sheron, who very kindly donated some very lovely jewellery for us to sell. They didn't reach us on time for this flea market, but we'll be sure to sell them in our next one!

Thank you!

That wraps up the flea market this month. It was tough but it was certainly an experience. We don't mind the hard work if that is what is needed to provide our furkids with a better life. Do you have any such opportunity for us? If you do, please don't hesitate to let us know! Otherwise folks, I'm over and out!

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