Sale to benefit children opens on Friday

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 19/02/2014
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SALE SET-UP: From left, Anna Wilkes, Phillippa Browne, Julie Whittington, Barbara Parker, Marie O'Driscoll, Irene Guy, Glenys Black and Jill Underdown prepare for an annual dress shop sale at Ashbury Bowling Clubrooms on Friday.

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Many hands made light work yesterday as volunteers set up the annual Save the Children dress shop and market.

It is the 53rd year of the sale and eager bargain hunters and collectors are getting to know it well.

Overseer Anna Wilkes said they have regulars who have been going to the sale for years. She even had one woman call her to ask if the sale was on, as she looks forward to it every year.

Usually the sale has been at St Mary's Hall but because of earthquake damage, it will be held at the Ashbury Bowling Clubrooms.

Over the last couple of days volunteers have been collecting and sorting through all the donated items. Everything from clothing to toys to a breadmaker had been donated.

Treasurer Phillippa Browne said they went through the items to make sure everything was good quality. In the main room items were around $5 or less. There was also a "model room" with higher-end clothing, but nothing was over $20. There will also be a cake stall and a raffle.

In the past between $8000 and $10,000 was raised through the sale, with all the money going to children. Mrs Wilkes said any items left over would be given to other charities.

The sale opens on Friday at 9.30am and also Saturday from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

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- The Timaru Herald

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