Interview: Renee of Project Lk. 9:48

I’ve been following Renee since I had my own little secondhand shop going, which is sadly no longer a priority for me because it takes a lot of work. But that’s why I am always so happy and impressed when I find a thriving vintage account on IG, doing all the work for us!

What makes Renee stand out is her mission — $1 from each sale goes to support families with adoption expenses. So many people are affected by Renee’s generosity: The children, who need a home; the parents, with dreams of loving on kids; the mothers hating their own bodies for not doing what they want them to do. I’m pretty far out from parenthood, but I often wonder - and sometimes worry - what that journey will look like for me. And it’s people like Renee that give me hope.

When Renee and I started chatting about her giant giveaway, The 12 Shops of Christmas (did you enter?!), I knew I wanted to use the opportunity to get to know her through an interview. I hope you enjoy learning about Renee as much as I did!

Why did you start thrifting? What is your favorite part about the process? 
My style is different, so it was always difficult finding things I actually liked while shopping at the mall, and I slowly started thrift-shopping. Now I only shop at thrift stores, and I love my wardrobe more than ever.
My favorite part of it all is simply walking into a thrift store. The possibilities are endless.

What are the best tips you have for people who want to start thrifting? 
1. Just go. And go with an open mind. 
2. Shop by color, not size. Vintage sizes are way different.
3. Dress for the piece you’re trying to find. If you want athletic wear, wear leggings and a t-shirt. Casual weekend wear, wear jeans and your favorite top. Need a pencil skirt for the office? Wear the top and shoes you want to pair with it. Need new shirts? Wear your favorite bottoms.
4. Try everything on before you purchase it.

What are your favorite fabrics and colors to find?
Blush and any shade of brown. Linen and High Quality Cotton.

How do you decide whether or not you want to keep a piece for yourself? 
I love all the clothes in my shop so this was problematic in the beginning. About two months after opening my shop, I committed to the one in, one out rule. 

What is the best part about this job for you? 
It makes me so happy knowing people are building ethical wardrobes and getting to help people do that is the best part.

What is your "day job"?
I work at the nuCamp RV Warranty Department. I would love to one day own one of our little T@B Teardrop Campers and travel/thrift my way across the USA. They're the cutest little campers.

(Gasps) They are! I am obsessed! What inspired you to donate part of your profits? 
The #1 reason I started Project Lk.9:48 is to be able to donate to families with adoption expenses. It's the "why" behind everything. My heart breaks every time I think of a child not knowing what love is. EveryONE has to do ONE thing, and together we can make a difference. I can choose to be overwhelmed by our foster system, or I can do something to help ONE CHILD, and hopefully many more.

What are your dreams for your shop in 2019? 
1. Financially help four families open their hearts and homes to a child.
2. Move into a warehouse instead of having everything in my living room.

And [He] said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.” - Luke 9:48