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Annual thrift sale takes over Mountains Center
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Kim Kiesel unpacks a box of items that will be sold Saturday at the Junior League Thrift Sale. - photo by Tom Reed


Deal-seekers will have a bevy of bargains to choose from Saturday at the Harvest Thrift Sale.

The event, held by the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County at the Georgia Mountains Center, very well could be Hall County's largest annual garage sale, Junior League Communications Chairwoman Katie Dubnik said.

"It is ... huge," Dubnik said. "The entire arena at the Mountains Center is filled with stuff - rows and rows of tables filled with treasures that people can find at a really good price."

For $1, bargain-hunters can browse through the rows of women's accessories, furniture, kitchen appliances, baby toys and clothes, holiday decorations, sporting goods and electronics for sale in the arena at the Georgia Mountains Center.

Along with the regular items, this year's thrift sale will feature a new "designer's corner," with designer clothing and purses at discount prices, as well as the return of the "new shop," which features unused items donated from local businesses, said thrift sale co-chairwoman LeAnne Walters.

The items for sale have been donated by more than 500 Junior League members and sustaining members, Junior League members who are no longer active members of the organization, Dubnik said.

"Any treasure that you could hope to find we may have," Dubnik said. "The only thing we don't have is books."

Dubnik said the event, in its 43rd year, essentially benefits the community twice.

First, community members can purchase quality items at a discounted price, and then the proceeds are divided among community organizations.

The Harvest Thrift Sale is one of two fundraisers the Junior League holds to provide grants to local agencies.

The organization raises approximately $20,000 a year with the event, Walters said.

In past years, the money raised has supported agencies like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County, the Good News Clinic, Gateway House and the Northeast Georgia History Center, Dubnik said.

This year, a portion of the money raised will go to newly created WomenSource, a local resource that will connect women with services to help them achieve personal and professional success.

The Harvest Thrift Sale will last from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and cash is the only acceptable payment.