Help save the Pink Silo!!

One of my favorite stores, On a Whim Antiques, located in Lucketts, VA needs our help.  They need us to sign a petition to the county so that they can keep the pink polk-a-dotted silo.  We stopped by yesterday and were sad to hear that Donna Troxler now has to fight to keep her silo pink:


{On a Whim Antiques:  owner, Donna, with my two little guys and the pink polk-a-dotted silo}

There have been complaints about the color of her silo on Rt 15, and although Donna has found no law dictating the color of a structure, she is being forced to repaint it.  Donna's pink silo is not only whimsical & fun, but it also serves to bring attention and income to her store.  Without the eye-catching silo, many people could drive by without even noticing On A Whim Antiques.   Not to mention:  just down the road are some other amazing stores - The Old Lucketts Store & the Beekeeper's Cottage- and both have their own beautiful whimsical details that I'd hate to see go anywhere.  They also have items out in the grass for sale and it's an awesome treasure trove.  Donna has already been forced to move the merchandise in her lawn to the inside of her store, so I'm sure it's only a matter of time before they go after the other stores.  :(   

I seriously admire Donna: she's a determined, hardworking woman who's turned her dreams into a reality.  Donna's been in business for over 5 years and has built On A Whim from the ground up.  Donna donates a percentage of all sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and has already been forced to remove all of her pink breast cancer ribbons from the outside of her store.  She's got a steel core & I know this won't keep her down, but she does need our help.  She's supported me from the beginning when I was just starting out & I can't thank her enough.   

If you have a minute, please sign the online petition: 
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/onawhimsavethepinksilo/

When you've signed your name, you will see a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and you do not have to donate in order to sign the petition.  (You can just "X" out the page once you see that pop up but of course you can donate if you'd like to)  Thank you so much.

xoxo, Lauren

21 comments:

Debby said...

I signed it. Geez, don't people have better thingsw to do than compain about a piece of art. I am hoping those are brown polka dots. I think it is great.
There was a person in Columbus, Ohio that painted her garage on one side, a beautiful sun flower garden. They made her paint over it. Not sure what happened as she said she wasn't going to.

Teresa Hatfield said...

I signed the petition. Some people just need to get a life. It is obvious they have too much time on their hands.
Have anice weekend.
Teresa (Splendid Sass)

Acquired Objects said...

I just went and signed the petition and this is coming from someone who hates pink. But I feel that everyone is entitled to their own artistic rights and if Donna’s is pink then so be it. I can’t believe that’s a community where they don’t support breast cancer something that is killing women needlessly. Keep on fighting Donna!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Let her have her polka dots...for Heavens sakes!

This IS America....no?

And while we're at it...lets blast breast cancer out of this world!

Signed.

angela | the painted house said...

What in the world??? Shops like this one are what make towns so charming. Does another stuccoed, soulless strip center make me crane my head and smile when I drive by? No, it's the pink silo and the treasures artfully displayed outside. Please! I'm thinking there are some inadequately-endowed townsMEN who are insanely jealous of the giant pink silo. ;)

Emily A. Clark said...

Craziness! Just signed it. Good luck to her.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Lauren, have you posted this on facebook??? I'll link and if everyone does...there'll be lots more signatures!!! Congrats to Donna and good luck !!!

Lucy said...

I would pass this silo every summer on my way to camp. It was always a highlight of our drive and now a fond summer memory. I would be so sad to see it go.

Debra Phillips said...

LOVE painted house's comment, hysterical!

i signed and spoke my mind. this is a good story to go national

last night my mother and i were chatting about a home in our neighborhood when i was 7. i loved it, the adults hated it. it was painted like a loaf of wonderbread, white with the same polka dots. i thought it was insanely clever but then again that was at 7 :-)
xo
debra

Suzie @ cupcake monkey said...

That is just ridiculous! I signed. I hope it helps!!

carmen said...

This reminds me of a great little strip from my hometown. They too had to fight to keep the silo, it was going to be torn down. I will gladly assist this cause!

Elaine said...

SOOOO ABSURD!!!! I signed my name and gave my two cents. I hope she can keep it!!!!! Please update!
How is this even harmful to ANYONE?!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

That makes me so mad! What is wrong with people? Glad you're helping to bring attention to her plight. Save the pink silo!

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

That is just absurd! Why on earth does the county want to take away the artistic charm that makes these shops so eye-catching??? To me it's just another sign of the cookie-cutter suburban mentality that happens some places.

Cornflake said...

The world's gone mad!! I can't understand why anyone would give two seconds to someone's complaint about the colour (pale pale pink!) of a silo. I really hope this complaint gets quashed.

Stacy of KSW said...

One more signature :) WHo could resist a pink polka dotted silo? I tweeted for you too. Hopefully you'll get a few extra signatures

Peggy and Fritz said...

I'm with Thoughtfully Blended Hearts. You should put this on FB so we can link it to our friends to have them sign. This is insane. I find it charming. I understand it might not go with the decor of town but who cares - it's a place of business and the fact they made her move all the furniture in and take down the breast cancer stuff - UGH...obviously the person has GOT to be a man.....! I'm forwarding and will send it to everyone I know. I love that pink polka dot silo - it would make me happy or smile if I had to pass it all the time. It's not like it's neon pink :)

Peggy and Fritz said...

p.s. You should send this to the Susan B. Koman group :)

Cristin @ Simplified Bee said...

That's crazy! Well, San Francisco would welcome Donna, her store and pink silo any day of the week!
xo,
cristin

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

I signed the petition....isn't it funny what people find to worry about. I think it has lots of charm!

BTW, I've got a great giveaway going on if you want to stop by.

3 Peanuts said...

Oh my goodness you are not going to believe this but I am sitting her in Houston TX typing on my laptop at a darling antique desk that I bought at that very store! I LOVE that place!!!! I will sign the petition!!!! What a small world!