HARTVILLE  The Best Bib and Tucker shop in downtown Hartville is holding its first Cause for Consignment Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 16. The day is meant to help raise donations for two local nonprofit organizations through shopping or dropping off clothing for resale.

Patrons who shop at the store on that day can select either Lake Township FISH or The Valentine Project to have 20 percent of their purchase donated. Or, patrons can drop off used clothing and accessories for resale and donate 50 percent of the selling price to one of the two organization’s consignment accounts. When the items sell, the donation will be credited to the customer’s selected nonprofit account.

"We’ve been holding private events or after-hours fundraisers for Cause for Consignment for over 10 years, this is the first time we’ve held a public event," said Megan Wise, co-owner of the shop. "My mother Barb and I have owned and operated the shop since 1999 and we’ve compiled a list of over 20 nonprofits that we help raise money for their efforts. We are focusing on two of those local organizations for our Cause for Consignment Day event. People who drop off clothing and accessories for sale can select to donate a percentage of the sale when the items sell to any one of the nonprofits on any other day throughout the year," she said.

Wise said she and her mother are committed to helping the community and raising money for local nonprofits is one way they assist organizations serving those in need. They also want The daylong event to be a way to recognize the work the nonprofits do throughout the year.

Building awareness of the various groups is a third reason the Wise’s hold the fundraisers. They are hoping to hold more of the Cause for Consignment Days throughout the year. Wise said most people have items in their closet they are no longer using or wearing so donating such items is an easy and effective way to help others.

"Lake Township FISH is a pretty well-known organization in the area. The Valentine Project is a little less known. This is our way of giving back to the community, supporting those who support others in the community and building awareness so that others can donate," Wise said. "Both my mother and myself say all the time that we spend half of our time running the store and the other half working with the community and building an awareness of the downtown Hartville area. We’ve worked hard to turn our giving into a program that allows others to give too," she said.