Hello! My name is Jennifer, and I'm the lady behind Broad Shoppe; a virtual collaboration of goods created by independent female identifying makers.
This whole thing started because in 2015 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I went through chemo, and while I couldn't work outside of my apartment I started Broad Shoppe. Broad Shoppe initially started as Dottie Clothing, my pastel brainchild, in 2015 while I was living in Seattle, Washington. Three weeks after moving there from Oklahoma City with my boyfriend and our dog, Ayla, I was diagnosed with stage 1A ovarian cancer in my right ovary. I received a partial hysterectomy and was recommended six rounds of chemotherapy. Unable to work outside of my home, I began Dottie as a sewing project. After focusing on that for a few months, I decided to expand my scope and create an online boutique that featured other independent and female-owned businesses; this became Broad Shoppe.
After completing chemo in Seattle I decided to return home to Oklahoma. My boyfriend and I moved back, I was able to finish up the remainder of my thesis hours to complete my degree requirements for my Master of Arts in History in Museum Studies and Gender Studies, and as of late 2017, we were discussing trying to move again since our first efforts were thwarted by the universe. Around Thanksgiving, I found a lump in my abdomen. A finding that eventually led to a complete hysterectomy and a diagnosis of stage 2 endometrial cancer, with my medical team realizing that what they thought was a recurrence from my first go-round was actually just a continuation of the original tumor that was found in 2015.
So here I am at the tail-end of March 2018, beginning my second round of chemotherapy tomorrow morning (UPDATE: I'M DONE NOW!!!). With this second diagnosis, it forced me to re-evaluate what I have done with Broad Shoppe up to this point and what I hope to do with it in the future. I shifted my focus to highlight products that still support feminist-owned smaller businesses, but I now try to find products that specifically mimic what one might find in a hospital gift shop. Things to make you feel better. With that I decided to bring my online vintage listings back; something that was so important to the creation of my business, but something that I had discontinued last summer. The listings you will now find from Broad Shoppe Vintage are meant to make you feel like a queen when, for example, you may be stuck at your home for months on end. You will find primarily night gowns and goods to make your space comfortable. While my target audience may be those who are dealing with illness like myself, everyone deserves to feel like a queen. I have received more love through this website than I ever imagined possible. So thank you to everyone out there who has supported us, which includes myself and the Broad Shoppe Broads.
Interested in selling on Broad Shoppe? Email us! firstname.lastname@example.org
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Our Broads Past and Present Include:
Bunny Miele, Butt'n Booty, The Dank Crystal, Darling Distraction, Eythink, HausWitch, Kitten Stripes, Little Arrow Shop, Lovestruck Prints, Lulu Bloo, Natasha Lillipore, Official Sean Penn, Penelope Gazin, Printcess, The Pulp Girls, Robin Eisenberg, Sara M. Lyons, Sex + Ice Cream, Tuesday Bassen, Twerkstorian, Twinkle Apothecary, Katie Turner for Wild One, Wink Pins, Working Girls, You Were Swell, Yvng Pearl, and 1996 Shoppe.