Happy Gratefulness GIVEAWAY Friday everyone!!!
Do you remember that post I did a few weeks ago on inheriting my grandmother’s vintage costume jewelry collection?
I hinted at it then, and I even hinted at it in conversation with a few other bloggers and on the Sammy Davis Vintage fan page — I wanted to do a giveaway with some of her fabulous pieces so that I could pass along some vintage love to YOU!
While some time has passed since first announcing this “hint,” I have not forgotten about this giveaway promise! I was rather musing on how I could make giveaways a more regularly occurring thing to benefit everyone who has and will ever experience the Sammy Davis Vintage brand.
So, I’m happy to announce that the delay was WELL WORTH IT! Today’s post kicks off the FIRST “Gratefulness Giveaway.” I am giving away 5 pieces of vintage costume jewelry from my grandmother’s collection!!!
So here’s how it works: no more than once a week and usually on Fridays, I will host a new giveaway contest for ANYONE to enter for a chance to win. Vintage jewelry, clothing, accessories and the like may be up for grabs; or an awesome product from an indie fashion brand. The giveaway may even grow to encompass non-fashion items to win like a holistic, all-natural beauty product, organic foods, inspiring reading material and the like!
I want my weekly gratefulness giveaway to a be as much of a chance to give back to YOU as it is a chance to help spread word about great brands and the people behind them — so if you are an Etsy seller, a DIYer or independent fashion company; sell paraben-free hair care or want to share amazing healthy and delicious granola with the world … contact me to participate in the giveaway! I’m here to help you because you help me, too.
So without further ado, keep reading after the jump for this week’s gratefulness story and for further instructions on how to enter the Sammy Davis Vintage Gratefulness Giveaway #1 — and to salivate over some PICTURES of the pieces up for win!
Thank you to everyone in advance for entering this very first Sammy Davis Vintage giveaway! I feel like you are all going to be pioneers of something that will grow and grow as it gains more gratefulness!
Before you have amazing and fulfilling weekends, please check in and say hi on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Or just leave me a note via email, especially if you have a question about vintage fashion and thrift store style that I can answer on the site sometime soon.
Happy Gratefulness Friday everyone … remember that no matter who the winner of this giveaway is, we are ALL winners with thankfulness for what we have now that can never be taken away from us … our SELVES!
I am grateful for … Not Passing Judgment
In New York City, you walk by them often: the homeless.
There you are rushing to get to your job or meeting with a friend for a catch-up cup of coffee, and you have to avoid a man or woman begging you for food, change, subway passes and whatever you have that you’re willing to give up.
Encountering the homeless is a reality of city living. There have been times I’ve wanted to give all I have to the homeless, and then there have been times that I wish I hadn’t seen them at all.
So as a default defense mechanism — to prevent me from either feeling bad for not giving money or bad for being annoyed that they are asking me for money — I simply press “ignore” in my mind to pretend that they are not there at all.
How many times in life have we done this — press the “ignore” button on the people and things around us? Maybe we “ignore” the cashier at the grocery store by simply standing silent in line as they ring our items, then handing over an AmEx card, signing our receipt and going our merry way without so much as a “hello” or a “thank you.”
Or perhaps we rub shoulders with someone on the street and don’t bother to stop, look them in the eye and say “I’m sorry!” Instead we quickly mumble “sorry” as we pass them in our hurried ways.
Pressing “ignore” is a natural habit that takes a higher consciousness to break. And part of the pressing “play” button means not passing judgment on those around you, either.
Last week, I was walking to a Salvation Army to film an episode of Sammy Davis Vintage TV. I was all dolled up in heels, fishnets, a floral dress and lace shawl. My hair and makeup was done. Even though the sidewalk was crowded, I definitely stood out.
On 23rd Street headed west, I passed a man who said something to me that I couldn’t quite make out.
He was standing in the middle of the sidewalk in gray, drab clothes. He was slightly hunched and had a cane in his hand. My passing glance wrote him off as a disheveled bum who was most likely mumbling something to me like, “Could you spare some change, miss?” or also likely, a compliment about my outfit that would leave me uncomfortable and perhaps unresponsive, like “Well aren’t you looking good today Cover Girl.”
Both of those judgments and “imagined” scenarios passed through my mind as I rushed past this man to get where I needed to be — on my own time and on my own terms.
But while those assumptions were ringing in my mind, in that moment I was able to push them to the side and pause. A pause of literally one second — and that’s all it took — to recognize that this man was not just a BODY, but a real, whole living and breathing soul of a being who deserved my attention right then.
So, instead of ignoring the man, I ignored my assumptions. I listened harder to what he was saying. And then I turned around, realizing that I wasn’t looking at a homeless man or a obnoxious cat-caller at all.
I was looking at an elderly blind man.
I asked, “I’m sorry sir, what did you say?” And without looking in my direction, but still pointing his cane to find his way on the crowded NYC street, he replied, “I’m looking for the dollar store … is it up ahead?”
I looked ahead, and about 50 yards to his left was a lonely looking $.99 store.
I’m not sure how he got to that place on the street or how long it took him to get there. He may have been dropped off by a cab who didn’t bother to help him to the store. He could have stood there with his cane mumbling to passerby for minutes, who like I almost did completely, pressed “ignore” and pretended that he wasn’t there by passing judgment that he was just another homeless man looking for some change and not someone who truly needed assistance.
Because I chose to PUSH judgment out of my mind, I was able to let the TRUTH enter. The truth was that he just needed someone to walk him into the dollar store. That’s it — literally one minute out of my day.
But that one minute meant the world to him — and to ME! That is the true beauty of not passing judgment: we are giving back to ourselves because we are giving the entire truth of what truly is reality to ourselves in that moment.
So today, as you walk by people, things and places — or encounter various situations both new & old — consciously decide to PUSH away your imagined, pre-conceived notions and judgmental assumptions. Yes, they will still enter your mind! But you have the choice whether or not you want to hear them.
And when you stop LISTENING to them, you’ll SEE what the true reality is.
HOW TO ENTER GRATEFULNESS GIVEAWAY #1
For a chance to win one of the 5 vintage costume jewelry pieces listed below valued at $50 each, you must enter between today [Friday, March 25th] and by midnight on Sunday, March 27th.
You can only enter once, and all winners will be drawn at random using the site random.org. Winners will be announced by Tuesday, March 29th.
Enter by answering the following question in the comment fields or Facebook comment fields below this contest post:
“What is your favorite vintage era, and why?”
OTHER IMPORTANT RULES
**Entrants/Winners must be legal U.S. residents of the lower 48 states (not including Alaska and Hawaii) and at least 18 years old as of March 25, 2011.
**For full contest rules and regulations can be found here
Happy entering and GOOD LUCK!