Oh, the internet is full of wondrous things. Things that make you laugh and things that make you cry. Today, I found a thing that just makes me smile. It’s the Lil’ Bernie Doll! OMG, I want one of the SOOOOO bad.
Apparently, everyone else wants one too.
Emily Engel is the owner of a small sewing business in Massachusetts. She started sewing Lil’ Bernies a few months ago. She told Boston Globe:
I could not have predicted the last five months of my life. [The doll] is a connection piece between people who support Sanders.
Initially, she started making the dolls and selling them with a portion of the proceeds going to the Bernie Sanders campaign – until she reached the maximum donation of $2700.
You really can’t get any more grassroots than that.
Since then she dropped the price and continued to sell – until she couldn’t keep up with demand. So, she started searching for unionized manufacturing in the United States to help match the demand.
I had terrible luck finding a US-based unionized manufacturer. It was like a needle in a haystack . . . to stay in line with Sanders’s campaign, philosophies, and ideals. People asked, ‘Do you know how much money you could make?’ But that’s not the point of this. . . I’ve been banging them out by hand.
Wow, go figure. A business owner, who has the opportunity to make a lot of money if she goes against her principles and outsources her manufacturing, OR make a moderate amount of money while keeping it ethical. She kept it ethical. Which is absolutely awesome!
Shut up and take my money!
She also created this nifty little bobble of Bernie riding a unicorn which was sold in an auction to support candidate Sanders.
Lil' Bernie is MAGICAL! I will be auctioning off a Lil' Bernie riding his (handmade) magical unicorn shortly before the holidays — 60% of the proceeds will go to the Stand With Bernie! Stay tuned. #feelthebern #lilbernie #bernieismagic #bernie2016 #unicorn #magic #bxcustomsewn @peopleforbernie @bernie2016tv
Even better, she was able to give a Lil’ Bernie to actual Bernie at a rally in Springfield, MA a few months ago. She told Boston.com:
I handed him his doll, and he had been familiar with them previously because someone [at a different campaign stop] had made him sign one. And he said, ‘Oh my goodness, I know what this is.’
Engle is currently working on more dolls to have out by Super Tuesday. Currently, the site has a form where people can sign up for email notifications about the dolls.
Initially, Sanders’ campaign was overlooked as being a long shot. However, with his New Hampshire win and his growing popularity – one can’t help but have a glimmer of hope that one of the most morally consistent politicians in a very long time may have a shot at the White House. How cool would it be if something as simple as this little doll helped get him there?
Individually, we may have little power but united. . . well, together we can change the world. Emily Engle is trying, one doll at a time.
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