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Our Spare Change began with a simple idea...

What if the coins in our pockets could be used to create jewelry that would change communities around the world?

 

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Our Spare Change

 THIS IS OUR STORY

It all started just as you could imagine...
with our spare change.


To us, coins have always seemed to be the greatest little things in the world.

I mean if you really think about it, every time you hold a coin you are handling what has passed through countless hands before yours. This simple coin has walked through hundreds of stories witnessing the hard, the good, the complicated, and the beautiful. It has been used by the rich and the poor alike, the businessman and the homeless. If coins could tell stories we would hear and see and feel the lives of people all around us; people near and far. These coins would inspire hope and courage and love and faith.

We believe that coins could and here is where our story starts.

Back in the spring of 2015, after a long spontaneous road trip across the country Danielle and I realized all we had left from the adventure we had gone on and the people we had met was a pile of our spare change. We wanted to save the coins from our trip as a memory, but soon realized that if we did they would begin to collect dust in a box under our bed. What if we could create something from these coins that told the stories of the people that passed them along to us?

That next week, Danielle, the more creative of us two, had handcrafted a jewelry line using our spare change. It didn't take long for friends and family to begin asking if we could create them pieces and before we knew it we had small business selling this handcrafted “coin jewelry” around the country. 

Fast forward to the Spring of 2016.

While we loved creating jewelry, if we were honest it was not jewelry that primarily inspired us. It was the stories that began flooding our inbox. The stories that we were entrusted to share with the world. The stories written atop of our spare change.
— Hillary + Danielle
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Our Spare Change had been an established company now for a year and we quickly needed help in the creation of all our jewelry. Here comes the second reason we love coins much.

A penny lying on the ground is not worth more than 1 cent. Many people don't think twice about stepping over it to get to where they are going. Most of the time it isn't worth the trouble of picking up.

We see value in this same coin though. This penny could be picked up and invested with time and love, be handcrafted into jewelry that showcases its worth. This coin could be used to bring joy and life and beauty to others around the world.

We believe that people are the same way. Some have hard stories that leave them in places where others don't see their value and worth. We believe that there is no circumstance or situation that takes away the worth of a human being, sometimes they just need to be picked up where they are at and invested in with love.

This is why we knew our first workers were ones that could not find work easily in our society.

Cheryl joined our team in the of 2016 after coming out of jail. She is to date one of the most incredible and hardworking we have ever met and the perfect member of our team.

Today, we work with many others similar to Cheryl who have had a hard time finding work because of their circumstances and stories and they inspire and encourage us by their courage and hard work. They have become our strongest team members and dearest friends.

We are still growing and have a ton left to learn but we do know this... Simple coins can do a whole lot more than we could have ever dreamed of. They can tell the untold stories of people around the globe. They can provide opportunities for you and I to hear about world changing organizations and give tangible avenues to advocate and partner with them. They can provide work to those who may not have an opportunity without them. And they can create beautiful jewelry. 

Jewelry that looks good and does good.

Here is what we will leave you with.

You matter. Your story matters. What you wear and where you buy from truly matters. You can create change in this world and are doing it now.
You are the reason we exist and we can’t thank you enough for joining us on this journey.

xoxo,

Danielle + Hillary