When you support Cait’s Charity Cards, not only are you supporting creativity but you’re also donating to worthy causes that empower disadvantaged women. Cait believes strongly the power of education. She loves to learn and thinks everyone should be given the opportunity. Her cards are super cute and the intention behind them is heartwarming.
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? My name is Caitlyn, I am in my first year of a double degree in Nursing and Psychology. When I am not being a total medical nerd, I hand make and sell cards for my small charity business, Cait’s Charity Cards. Besides my study and cardmaking obsession I am an avid lover of all things Disney. I also enjoy watching cliché chick flicks in my comfy socks!
Can you tell us about your wares? I handmake greeting cards for all occasions using a bunch of materials. My best cards are usually created in front of an episode of Gilmore Girls and are a miss-mash of stickers, die cuts, quotes, patterned paper and even recycled manila folders! Recently my cards have been focused on empowering quotes such as ‘Live intentionally’ and ‘Be the change.’ Being sent a positive greeting card always gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling.
Why do you do what you do? I started Cait’s Charity Cards to combine two of my passions; crafting and charity work. As a student, I do not have a lot of money to give to causes I believe in, so I decided to raise money through crafting. My business motto is that ‘educated girls become empowered women,’ so two-thirds of profits from sales are donated to charities who educate women living in poverty. I love that I can do something that brings me so much joy while I support charities at the same time. I like to think it is a win-win situation.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why? I love @fionajardinedesigns! She creates beautiful journal stickers and sells them on Etsy. I am a serious sticker nerd, and you can find her designs scattered throughout my journal. It is a small miracle that all my money has not been spent on her Etsy store!
What excites you? Learning new things really excites me! And I am very passionate about empowering women and girls. I guess that is why I want to provide other girls with education. I want them to feel just as excited about learning as I am!
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own? One of the main things I use to make my stall unique is the picture frame I place on the back of my suitcase. I have a piece of string hanging from this frame, and it is the perfect way to display my cards! I also love to make sure that my clothing is as much a part of my stall as the cards themselves so you can see me wearing my flower fedora to guard against the Aussie sun during the rummage.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall? I am still learning the trick of the rummage trade but recently discovered that rummagers love to see your product! I trialled lying my card designs out in front of my suitcase which helped passers-by to see cards they thought were cute. But of course, the physical set-up is only part of the rummager experience, so I make sure I have conversations with my customers and find that they are usually up for a good yarn.
What is the next step for you? What does the future hold? My whole business experience has been a massive rollercoaster with so many unexpected opportunities. Ultimately my dream is to continue to empower young women through the business Instagram page and through charity donations. But if I am honest, I have no idea what the future holds. I cannot wait to find out!
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage? One of my favourite parts of Rummage is sharing a stall with a friend. I had a lovely day sharing a stall with my friend Erin. She makes gorgeous earrings that she sells on Depop. You can find her creations @erin1998. I love being able to chat with my fellow stall buddy throughout the day. I also love that Suitcase Rummage is mini-scale. I am a full-time student, so market selling is not always realistic and compatible with my study. Suitcase Rummage is a great way to get out into the community without requiring the same level of a time commitment as a weekly market. It is also lovely to enjoy a market selling opportunity without the stress of setting up a table or attempting to unfold a gazebo and still look graceful!
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in your city? One of my favourite things to do in Brisbane is enjoy a lazy day at Southbank. My friends and I enjoy relaxing in the Southbank gardens, having conversations and dipping our feet in the little stream that runs throughout the garden. I also love Sushi and Southbank has a very plentiful supply of Sushi shops to choose from!
Where can we find and follow you? I set up an Instagram page @caits_charity_cards which has a bunch of exciting announcements and photoshoots for followers to peruse. I am also an Etsy seller, and you can find my Etsy page using this link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/caitscharitycards. I also have a Pinterest account for Cait’s Charity Cards, so you can keep up with my cardmaking. Of course, I am always at the Suitcase Rummage when I can make it! I announce my Rummage dates on the Cait’s Charity Cards Instagram page if you want to keep up to date with my market attendance.