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November 28, 2018 7:38 AM   Subscribe

I just found this awesome store full of amazing Edward Gorey merch, which is run by and benefits the Edward Gorey House museum. I know plenty of people weird enough to want presents from this store. Woo hoo! Share w/ me your favorite cause-benefitting stores, full of artsy oddities and gifts!

I especially love that this features the work of a single artist, although I know Edward Gorey, as an illustrator, is in a fairly unique position to have his work pasted directly on all kinds of merch.
posted by nosila to Shopping (9 answers total) 47 users marked this as a favorite
I have often given Patrick McDonnell's books (The Gift of Nothing; Me, Jane and The Monster's Monster) as gifts. He also has branded merchandise on his site benefiting animal rescue associations-- details under "Charity and Donations".
posted by BibiRose at 8:58 AM on November 28, 2018

Meow Wolf (previously on the Blue) has an online shop -- purchases and visits support community arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and beyond with Meow Wolf donating half a million dollars in 2017.

More broadly, I believe many museum gift shops are operated as non-profits, or part of non-profit museums, helping to support the museums themselves.
posted by filthy light thief at 10:25 AM on November 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

The 826 network! It seems each chapter has a different storefront.
posted by politikitty at 10:27 AM on November 28, 2018

You may enjoy this article from Slate, which introduced me to many intriguing museum gift shops.
posted by hepta at 10:28 AM on November 28, 2018 [1 favorite]

(No answer, but THANK YOU for posting the Gorey shop!!)
posted by Swisstine at 10:34 AM on November 28, 2018 [2 favorites]

Maybe a little niche, but I was just looking at the store for the Eric Carle Musuem of Children's Picture Book Art yesterday. Lots of great gifts for kids and teacher-y types.
posted by nuclear_soup at 10:37 AM on November 28, 2018

Hoodcats is an Oakland project that started as a photo series and has grown into a trap-neuter-return advocacy group that fundraises to support the TNR efforts of Feral Change and Fix Our Ferals.
posted by Lexica at 11:00 AM on November 28, 2018

Project Onward's shop supports the work they do--supporting the professional development of artists with exceptional talents and challenges, ranging from autism to mental illness--and is a good place to get affordable art. They also have a Threadless shop. For those who live in the Chicago area, they often have their artists at events doing portraits (or pet portraits).
posted by carrienation at 7:05 PM on November 28, 2018

Response by poster: These are all great answers. Thanks, People of MetaFilter!
posted by nosila at 1:57 PM on November 29, 2018

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