“Buyers have told us in the past that it’s a wonderful mix of new, old and unique treasures all under one roof,” said Kim McAfee, who is co-chairing the event with Dixie Brock and Kathryn Loia.
Those high-end sale hunters who don’t want to wait until Friday to shop have the option of attending an exclusive preview Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. Patrons there will be able to peruse and purchase the wares on display while enjoying dinner, beer and wine and a silent auction.
The marketplace is stocked with items donated by society members and the community at large. Organizers tout the sale as a guilt-free shopping experience with significantly discounted price tags on a wide array of upscale merchandise, including home décor, jewelry, crystal, art, sports equipment, furniture and gently worn clothing, among other things. The annual endeavor has raised, on average, about $45,000 for the 300-member, all-female society, celebrating its first quarter century of existence as a nonprofit. Those behind the scenes call the event’s success a testament to all the work that goes into bringing it to fruition time and again. Or, as McAfee put it, a lot of “lady hours.”
“It has been a fabulous experience for all of us,” she said. “Our volunteers work tirelessly over the year to collect, sort, mark and display thousands of treasures in a variety of categories. ... Our event truly offers something for everyon e.”
Society members are perhaps breathing a collective sigh of relief after a recent amendment by the Sandy Springs City Council to the city’s nonprofit funding policy avoided ruling out endeavors like Tossed Out Treasures. “What adverse impact on the taxpayer is there if the city funds don’t [go] towards direct expenses staging a community event open to the public that stimulates tourism and fosters cultural and recreational activities just because it’s a fundraiser,” Society President Kate Dalba told council members earlier this month.
As for Tossed Out Treasures, McAfee and Co. are bracing for another brisk yet fruitful go-round of it this week.
“We feel blessed to be part of the society while getting to know old and new friends that are committed and passionate about what they do and giving back to the community,” she said.
“We want to continue the legacy of a well-run organization that provides financial assistance to a variety of causes that touch so many children, families and the art community.”
A CLOSER LOOK:
o When: Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(preview party Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.)
o Where: Tom Jumper Chevrolet, 7200 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs
o Tickets: free and open to the public (preview party $25 in advance; $30 at door)
o Information: (404) 396-1054