Tie on your pink ribbon. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Each year, more and more women (and men) have become educated on breast cancer, its symptoms, treatments and medical breakthroughs. And, it seems, each year the month gives rise to more and more pink products, in recognition of the fight against breast cancer.
Early on, the products marketed for the cause were fashion-geared -- from pink pendants and pink tote bags to pink T-shirts and pink socks. But in recent years, the pink products have ventured into the nifty-gift area, as well as into the garden, and, most visibly, the home.
Not only will cause-conscious consumers find pink lilies and pink azaleas, pink teddy bears and pink umbrellas in October, they'll find pink cookware, pink coffee machines and even pink vacuum cleaners.
Many manufacturers and organizations donate a portion of their proceeds from "pink" products to breast cancer foundations, including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Women's Cancer Research Fund.
"One of the keys to our success at the Komen Foundation is that we collaborate with a variety of organizations to provide creative ways for people to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer," says Cindy Schneible, the foundation's vice president of cause-related marketing and sponsorship.
For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness Month and related organizations, call 800-I'M-AWARE, or visit komen.org, bcrfcure.org, eifoundation.org, nationalbreastcancer.org, cityofhope.org, lbbc.org or breastcancer.org.
TOMLINSON CRAFT COLLECTION
Hunt Valley Towne Centre
If you like browsing the unusual crafts and other decorative items at the Tomlinson Craft Collection in the Rotunda, you're going to love browsing even more of the store's home tchotchkes at its second location in the new Hunt Valley Towne Centre. Bernardo Grinblat, who owns both Tomlinson stores with his wife Arlene, says the new shop has a slightly different mix of goodies, including unusual glass creations, fine handmade jewelry, candleholders, menorahs, metal wine holders, funky metal grandfather clocks, handmade Halloween masks ideal for wearing or hanging on the wall, and lots more.