Shop ’til You Drop: Shopping to Support Your Favorite Causes

Wendy Peterson (Manager ARF Thrift & Treasure Shop) Making Sure Everything and Everyone Looks Perfect
Wendy Peterson, the manager of the ARF Thrift & Treasure Shop, making sure everything and everyone looks perfect
. Photo credit: Barry Gordin

A little leaf-peeping trip up north this past weekend reignited a love for candles. Restaurants and inns seemed especially welcoming with that soft, cozy glow. Gift shops along the way, filled with the warming autumnal aromas of vanilla and spices, started to make me think that there is something powerful about even a little votive. At home in the evening, it has quite a soothing effect, scented or not.

While October might not yet be the month for lighting fires in your fireplace, it’s still a nice time to create a gentle atmospheric warmth. Upon returning back home, what a delight it was to find that Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue and Sanctuary is holding a Yankee Candle fundraiser, with 40% of purchases going towards the needs of the horses. You can shop now for the holidays at Enter the special group code of 990058932 and click “start shopping” for scents like Apple Pumpkin, Autumn Wreath, Beach Walk, Campfire Treat and much more. To find out more about Amaryllis Farm, call 631-537-7335.

A note from Dan’s Papers sections editor Kelly Laffey:

Ladies, football season is here! If you’re heading to a game this Sunday, leave your purse at home and wear your Sholdit Clutch Wrap Purse, a stylish scarf with a hidden pocket to store your valuables. The Sholdit is modeled after infinity scarves. Two wraps, and you’re good to go. The pocket is perfect for stashing a credit card and some cash, allowing you to keep your hands free as you cheer on your favorite team. Plus, there’s now no need to risk getting your purse dirty by placing it on the stadium floor. My Sholdit arrived last week in a yellow gold color, the perfect compliment to all of my Wake Forest football gear. The Sholdit Clutch Wrap Purse is available in a variety of colors at

A Nikki Animal Print Dress by CFDA’s (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Regina Kravitz for the boutique Stitch Southampton is featured in US Airways’ October inflight magazine. The feature includes a “how-to” guide on some of the dozen ways you can wear the dress.

The Romans used oil to clean themselves and here we are in 2014, brushing aside those frothy, foamy soaps (which often over-dry and cause breakouts) and returning to oil cleansers. Argan and jojoba are great oils for rebalancing the skin, but if you’re looking to take it to another level, try Decléor Micellar Oil. Formulated as the first cleansing oil with micellar technology, it deep cleanses to reveal a healthy, balanced glow. Due to the natural affinity in skin cell and plant oil structure, micellar particles work deep into the pores, dissolving and dispersing impurities, removing all makeup (including waterproof mascara!) It’s fun to use, and toxins are removed, pores are tightened and your face is left dewy and fresh. Visit to order your bottle and browse the entire spa skincare line.

For the month of October, the ARF Thrift & Treasure Shop celebrates ARF’s 40th Anniversary with up to 40 “Purr”cent off the entire store. The ARF Thrift & Treasure Shop is located at 17 Montauk Highway in Sagaponack. Also shop Claus Paws and Company to get a jump on the holidays and stock up on festive merchandise. Open seven days, with winter hours: Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday from noon–4 p.m. For more info call 631-537-3682 or visit

In support of breast cancer awareness month, Brahmin, the luxury handbag designer, designed the Woodrose La Scala collection, a line of pink handbags and leather accessories. Brahmin will donate $5 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation for every Woodrose La Scala item purchased on for the entire month of October. Retail stores, like the one at 58 Jobs Lane in Southampton, will discount 20% off any one item when customers donate $5 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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