Thrift stores, tag sales, rummage piles. They may be everywhere, but some rise above the jumbled fray with grace, circulating our castoff human-made stuff as beacons of beneficial reuse.
One of these is Experienced Goods, supporting free Community Hospice care in Brattleboro, Vermont. Gemma Champoli is a force at the heart of this experience - and lifetime kindred spirit with Earthworms host Jean Ponzi. Jean and Gemma share deep Love of Stuff, and talking about it.
As resale geared for profit proliferates online, the story of Experienced Goods affirms the power of in-person, local exchange - deeply appreciated, presented with flair. In the legacy (and pandemic era) chapter of this tale, Gemma builds EG a new home that honors character of the goods and ensures ongoing benefits for all those this her enterprise delights and serves. A must-visit when you are in Vermont.
Happy listening, happy shopping from two bosom friends.
THANKS to Andy Heaslet, Earthworms audio engineer, and to Jon Valley of KDHX Production team.
Related Earthworms Conversations:
Watch a Brattleboro Community TV interview with Gemma Champoli of Experienced Goods (November 2018)
Reduce, Prevent and Transform Waste with Kelley Demmings (Feb 2019)