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Why I Decided to Open a Merch Store: Turning a Negative into a Positive

Why I Decided to Open a Merch Store: Turning a Negative into a Positive

Hey there, it’s Riley Simmonds! You may know me from the various social media platforms I’ve been active on since I was eight years old. I started my journey on the internet at a young age, with an aim to raise awareness about bullying – a harsh reality I personally endured due to a birthmark on my face.

My experiences of exclusion and the pain of being different led me to use social media as a platform for change. But I wanted to do more, to make my message more personal, tangible, and impactful.

Then, an idea sparked from a conversation with my mum. What if we could wear our statements? What if we could literally clothe ourselves in messages of positivity, inclusion, and kindness? The idea resonated with me, and that’s when I decided to start my own merch store.

With the help of some incredibly supportive friends, I was able to put together my very own web store where I could design my own clothing line. My designs are more than just apparel; they’re wearable reminders of the importance of kindness, acceptance, and positive thinking.

Every t-shirt, every hoodie, carries a message – a statement of solidarity against bullying, a proclamation of inclusion, a beacon of positivity. When you wear them, you’re not just making a fashion statement, you’re making a statement of purpose. You’re joining a movement that believes in the power of kindness and the strength in diversity.

As winter approaches, I invite you to check out my collection of hoodies. They aren’t just perfect for keeping you warm during the chilly season, but they also serve as a reminder of the warmth we can spread through kindness and understanding.

By purchasing from my store, you are not just supporting me but also helping to spread this crucial message. Together, we can help create a world that cherishes diversity, practices kindness, and stands against bullying.

So, I invite you to explore my store, find a design that speaks to you, and join me in this journey of spreading positivity. Wear your statement and let’s stand together against bullying!

Thank you for your continued support. Remember, your uniqueness is your strength, and kindness is always in fashion.

With love,


More of My Gym Stuff in the Shop!

I’m thrilled to announce that due to popular demand, I’ve added even more of my pre-loved competition leotards to my online store.

Gymnastics has been an incredible journey for me, and each of these leotards holds a unique story. They’ve been with me through every victory and every challenge, and now they’re ready to be a part of your collection.

Visit my shop here:

Head over to to check them out. And for those of you who have requested, I would be more than happy to sign them for you. This way, you won’t just be getting a piece of sportswear; you’ll be getting a piece of my gymnastics journey, a piece of the memories that I hold dear.

But this isn’t just about sharing my journey with you. It’s also about using this opportunity to give back to the community. Christmas is coming, and as always, I want to do my bit to help those less fortunate. That’s why all proceeds from the sale of these leotards will go towards supporting the homeless.

These leotards are more than just garments. They’re symbols of perseverance, dedication, and the spirit of giving. By purchasing one, you won’t just be owning a piece of my gymnastics history; you’ll also be contributing to a cause that’s very close to my heart.

So, head over to my store and grab your piece of memorabilia today. Together, let’s make this Christmas a little brighter for those in need.

Thank you for your continued support!


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  • Rob Reply

    Proud of you

    November 15, 2023 at 9:49 pm

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