Penelope Dickens’s clothes benefit VHCAP


Last March, Island resident Penelope Dickens died in a car accident off-Island. Her death was made more tragic by the fact that she was retuning home from a visit to her oncologist, who had just given her good news concerning her recovery from breast cancer.

Shortly after her death, Ms. Dickens’s friends gathered for a memorial service, where it was decided to host a benefit sale of the renowned fashionista’s huge collection of clothes and accessories. Vineyard Health Care Access was deemed an appropriate legacy recipient of the proceeds, since Ms. Dickens had received a lot of help from the organization during her illness. The organization works to assist Island residents in finding affordable, high-quality health care.

Last weekend, friends of the outgoing 20-year Islander turned Pyewackets on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven into a small boutique and held a two-day sale that netted a great deal without too seriously depleting the stock, which includes shoes, bags, jewelry, and clothes ranging from functional to fabulous (some designer and vintage pieces) in a variety of sizes.

Friends and acquaintances stopped by to share memories as well as shop. The sale was such a success and a wonderfully appropriate celebration of Ms. Dickens’s joyous life that it was decided to continue the sale for one more weekend.

“The sale has brought up so many great memories of Penelope and her friends have been able to take home a memento,” says Karen Coffey, Pyewackets owner and close friend of Ms. Dickens. “I’m so happy to be able to help a local organization that has helped so many Islanders. And it’s great to see Penelope’s clothes getting a second life. I think she would approve.”