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Guys, I have some sad news to report.
Im sure most of you have been here long enough to remember Brian Shin, known here as @hbkshin, and known as Wardrobe Renovations on eBay. I have the unfortunate duty to report to you today that Brian has passed away.
I was contacted by one of Brian's friends to do a consignment of things to raise funds for his family, who does not speak English very well, and is having a very hard time both emotionally and financially. So, I am, but I thought I would be able to extend that gesture beyond the confines of my ability to ask you all for help.
What I would like to do is to coordinate a giant #menswear eBay sale, with all funds to be donated from the items sold to go to Brian's family. If all of you who sell on eBay sold one item in a certain week and used a unifying search word, I was thinking #forbrianshin - we could all raise some funds to assist his family. I will also promote the listings on my tumblr, instagram, and hopefully we can get a feature on PTO with it as well.
I would have to coordinate the sale with the arrival or Brian's friends consignment, so we have a few weeks to hash out details. If you would like to be involved in the sale in any way (not just selling, but perhaps donating an item if you don't sell, or assisting with back end organization, please don't PM me but rather just LIKE THIS POST and I will contact you when I have everything coordinated.
It can be anything that you'd like to sell, of any dollar value - but Brian loved thrifting and he loved menswear - so something thrifted thats menswear would be a fitting tribute.
From one of Brian's last posts, it was clear that he had some struggles going on. But as he points out, he had never found a community that supported him as we did. So lets give him a proper send off and honor him with a good turnout for this and be true to how he thought of us.
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If any of you are having similar (or dissimilar) struggles that make you feel the same way, please, PLEASE contact a suicide prevention hotline for help. 1-800-273-8255, they are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Below is a picture of Brian in happier times, how Im sure he would like to be remembered.
Brian, known here on StyleForum as @hbkshin had a very long history with us on the thrift thread. He was a fantastic thrifter, with a great sense of humor, and phenomenal photography skills. He was an awesome guy to (digitally) know, and I'm sure even better IRL with his friends.
Unfortunately, Brian took his own life recently.
A friend of his had contacted me because Brian had previously consigned with me and had told his friend about me and what I do. The friend who reached out to me told me that they had learned to thrift from Brian and they had some good stuff to sell. They wanted to send me their things to sell and have their portion of the proceeds go to help Brians family. Of course I agreed, but I think we can join together to make this a bigger thing.
So here is what I am doing.
- The pieces that Brian's friend sent me to sell are going to go live starting on Thursday, June 30th.
- Ill have the hashtag "#ForBrian" in all my auctions that the recipient's proceeds are going to his family.
- @dieworkwear has graciously accepted to feature these listings in a Put This On feature to hopefully get more eyes on them.
Now, what I ask of you, StyleForum community :
- Many of you are eBay sellers. If you would consider listing an item and have the proceeds go to Brian's family, I would appreciate that very much. It could be one thing, many things, something big, something small, but any little bit helps.
- You can use the same hashtag "#ForBrian" in the title of your auctions, so they are easily searchable.
- It would be very helpful to use the same format as I do in my listings ($9.99 with no reserve, 10 day auction starting June 30 and ending on Sunday, July 3rd, at around 6:30pm EST.
If you would consider listing an item to benefit Brian's family, please reply here in this thread with the item you are planning to list and your eBay account (this is to make sure nobody else uses the hashtag for exposure without actually participating).
After you've collected payment from your item, and deducted any fees that you would pay, of course, I would ask that you make the check out to Brians family (I will contact you with the exact name after you collect payment) and mail the check to me. Once I receive all the checks, I will put them all together and send them to his family. It would also be very awesome if you include maybe a small note too, so his family recognizes the depth and impact he had on so many people willing to participate. Do note they don't speak English very well (they are Korean) so perhaps if we have a Korean translator that would be helpful too.
Theres not a whole lot I ask of you guys to do, but this is important to me to have a big turnout, so I hope you guys all jump on here.
Any questions or logistical help/ideas/suggestions please let me know.
** Note that many of you had asked me to sell pieces of yours and donate your portion of the sale to his family - I can facilitate this if your auctions are also going live that same week, so I will contact you if your items are. If your items that I am selling are not going live during the week, I can still make the donation to the family, however it may not get the same exposure, just FYI.
** Double note - for full disclosure, I am also deeply discounting my commission rate on these auctions, the great majority of the payout goes right to Brian's family.
Im thanking you deeply for your support, and lets see some big numbers come out.