Finding Hope in the Attic
As the leaves change color and the temperature drops, one thing is certain: Angel’s Attic is almost here! The third annual Angel’s Attic, a huge sale benefitting Angel Foundation, will be held from Saturday, October 13, through Wednesday, October 17. The sale will be located in the Four Seasons Mall in Plymouth, thanks to a generous donation of the mall space by Wal-Mart. Because of its location this year, each sale department will have its own storefront.
You can find just about anything at the sale within almost 90,000 square feet of space in departments including antiques, furniture, men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, household items, toys, electronics, jewelry, sporting goods, art, music, and so much more. In shopping the sale, buyers will find treasures and in turn, proceeds from their purchases will help Angel Foundation program participants find hope—through emergency financial assistance and education and support programs. Because all merchandise is donated, nearly 92 percent of all proceeds go to Angel Foundation programs.
Kay Melemed and Judy Kauffman, organizers of the World’s Largest Garage Sale for more than 30 years, created Angel’s Attic in 2010 to benefit Angel Foundation. The first year was a great success, attracting more than 2,400 people to the sale and raising $43,000. In 2011, the sale raised more than $100,000 for Angel Foundation, more than double that of the previous year. This year’s sale is poised to raise even more with twice the floor space of 2011’s sale.
“We have volunteers that pick up items all year long,” says Kay. These items mostly come from estate sales, but some brand-new items are donated from stores.
Angel’s Attic is possible thanks to more than 100 volunteers, who pick up, unload, and sort the items and work as cashiers. Most volunteers have a cancer connection of their own, whether living with cancer themselves or knowing someone who does or has had the disease. “My favorite part of Angel’s Attic is the volunteers who work together as one big family to help Angel Foundation,” says Kay.
So as this autumn season begins, we look forward to another great sale. We hope to see you there!
By Sam Wroge, marketing intern at Angel Foundation