Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bag Sale - September 2010

We spend a couple of hours setting up bag sale: roping off the parking lot at our Fashions location, blocking off the driveway to thru-traffic, rolling out racks (and racks) of clothing, lining up shoes, hauling out armfuls of handbags, and mentally preparing ourselves for the best kind of madness and mahem there is: the first five minutes of Bag Sale. And last Saturday was no exception. The line started before dawn, and by the time 9am arrived over one hundred people stretched across the store front and down Lake Street.

And then Bonnie, owner of Finders Keepers and our Fearless Leader, introduced Haji, a refugee from Sierra Leone, who works at our Furnishings location. Haji and other refugees are the reason - the real reason - that we hold this semi-annual event. Shoppers can stuff bags full of clearance merchandise for only $10 a bag and 100% of the proceeds from our Bag Sales go directly to Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA.) Last Saturday's Bag Sale raised $1638 for this very worthy, very necessary cause. I couldn't help but wonder what he thought about the event. But just the idea of it made me burst into big, pregnant-lady tears and I didn't want to be a blubbery, teary mess when I asked him because I have never seen him cry. In fact he smiles. A lot.

I've posted pictures below. Be sure to check out our youtube page for video clips of interviews and the total madness of Bag Sale! And take a peek at our blog for Finders Keepers Furnishings to see pictures from RRISA's Artists Market.

Now that's my idea of a buffet!

Tessa and Leanne from RRISA helped set up the Bag Sale!

So many shoes!

Mother Nature generously donated a beautiful morning for the event.

The line kept going and going!

Jessi was ready to collect money!
She is having a wedding ceremony this Saturday - congrats Mr. & Mrs. Ross!

Bag Sale 90 seconds after opening!

Bag Sale at 3 minutes in...

Way to get in a morning work out!

Jackie was a formidable and fashionable line guard :)

Time elapsed: 5 minutes...

Hi Haji! I wonder what you think about all this...

1 comment:

  1. looks great!


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