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Parkersburg artisan finds online marketplace handy

Trina Earl of Personalized Country Creations of Parkersburg has joined the Goimagine.com marketplace, an organization which donates all its profits in the Caring Economy initiative. Her storefront recently opened. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg woman and her handcraft business has joined an online marketplace of shops donating its corporate profits to charities fighting childhood hunger.

Trina Earl of Personalized Country Creations joined Goimagine.com, which donates all its profits in the Caring Economy initiative.

Earl unveiled her storefront this past week on Goimagine.com, joining thousands of like-minded artists around the country looking to kick-start the new marketplace that cares.

Among the items she sells are coasters, mouse pads, Christmas ornaments, luggage tags and hand sanitizer holders.

“I make personalized things,” Earl said.

An ornament made Trina Earl of Personalized Country Creations. (Photo Provided)

She has sold online for three years.

“When I learned about Goimagine I couldn’t wait to get involved,” she said. “It’s such an easy way to do good in the world. I was already selling at other online marketplaces. So doing it on a marketplace focused on helping children in need was something I wanted to support. I would love to see other local makers of handcrafted items join the Goimagine marketplace.”

Goimagine is the first marketplace focused on company growth solely for the purpose of increasing charitable donations. By shifting the focus of profits from wealthy investors to providing social good, Goimagine hopes to start bringing balance to a lopsided economy, founder Jon Lincoln said.

“We are very excited that Trina Earl decided to join our growing community of handmade sellers across the country,” Lincoln said. “Our hope is to prove that an online marketplace can be successful while also focusing on social responsibility. With makers like Trina we will be able to do it.”

Goimagine’s first donation was to the Horizons for Homeless Children in Boston.

“I can’t wait to see where this goes and I’m excited to be a part of such a great new movement,” Earl said. Her shop is at country-creations.com

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