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Go Green Junior League of Washington’s Annual Rummage Sale Style in the City on a Budget

Posted on Feb 17,2009
Filed Under Local Leaders , Community, Fashion , Local Style,


Junior League Volunteers Ursula Gately Wolfe,
Libby Holman and Abby Donohoe move in one of the many boxes of donations

 Budget fashionistas who love a bargain and the thrill of the hunt never miss the crème de la crème of rummage sales.  This year, while you save some green you will also be going green with the help of the Junior League of Washington

Continuing the tradition of Tossed & Found, for the 17th annual rummage sale the ladies of the Junior League of Washington are going green not just by recycling gently used clothing, furniture and household items back into the community but by tackling the trash generated from the mega sale.

From plastic water bottles from the hardworking crew of volunteers to the cardboard boxes from carloads of donations, the theme is give back while reducing, reusing, recycling.

The already built in recycling concept of this anticipated community event is a simple formula.  Collect quality items from members, resell them in an organized venue close to the communities who can benefit most from the value of the goods on hand, and then return the funds raised from the sale in the form of grants to deserving local charities on behalf of the Junior League of Washington and its membership. 

As per the mission statement, “the Junior League of Washington (JLW) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.”

Amber Huffman, Heather Molino and Courtney Mesmer check out
the space in preperation for the 2008 Tossed & Found Sale

On top of the funds raised, unsold items are distributed to local charities that can pass along the toys, books, household items and clothing to those in the greatest need.

The sale will again be metro accessible, finding a home in the Crystal City Shops in Arlington.  The ticketed preview night kicks off the weekend sale on Friday, March 27.  You might find the perfect chair to reupholster or a hidden gem of a genuine designer bag at the collector’s corner. Sustaining members have been known to weed out big name initials in the name of this worthy cause.  General shopping begins at 9 am on both Saturday and Sunday.

The dedicated volunteers heading up the sale are also recycling the Good Neighbor Program, which debuted last year.  Cards for sale at $35 can be purchased in advance and online.  Designated to a person or charity, the card ensures community partners and organizations in need benefit directly from the high quality of goods available for purchase.  The program offers a simple and effective way to keep the resources flowing to those in dire need when a constricted economy and tightly held cash flow threaten the budgets and services of longtime charitable organizations.

Mark your March calendar.  Go shop, go green and get a bargain while you support local charities this spring.  Miss out on this sale and you will be green with envy.

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