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Junior League's annual thrift sale benefits needy, other nonprofits
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Linda Young gets husband Jim's opinion on a lamp as they get first crack at merchandise for sale at the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County’s Annual Thrift Sale preview party.

Junior League Thrift Sale

When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Gainesville Civic Center

Cost: $1 entrance fee

Contact: 770-535-1951

More info: www.gainesvillehalljuniorleague.org

Everything from clothing and purses to televisions and couches are on sale Saturday at the Gainesville Civic Center, and all sale proceeds will benefit area nonprofits and civic endeavors.

The Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County is hosting its 49th annual thrift sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gainesville Civic Center. The entrance fee will be $1.

Havolynne Saxon with the Junior League said the event benefits Junior League endeavors and area nonprofits.

“All the funds help benefit league initiatives, the main one being our future distribution,” Saxon said. “We use the money to pay for monthly food boxes for needy families and we also share money we raise with other nonprofit organizations in the community.”

Thursday, the Junior League opened the sale for its annual double-priced shopping event. Saxon said the entrance price for the early shopping event was $5 and all item prices were doubled.

“The admission is a little higher, but it’s a chance for shoppers to get first dibs on the best merchandise,” she said.

All active Junior League members are responsible for donating items annually, and Saxon said they also ask league sustainers if they have items to donate.

“We go and pick up whatever they need us to and store it throughout the summer before the sale,” she said.

Saxon described the event Saturday as “a really, really large, hectic, fun yard sale.”

Elizabeth Melvin of Gainesville said she enjoys going to the sale annually with her mom.

“You can find really great stuff for an awesome price,” Melvin said. “Like I found two throw pillows for $4 each and two chairs for $3 each.”

The thrift sale is the Junior League’s second-biggest fundraiser of the year, second to the annual Charity Ball.

“What’s so special about thrift sale is not only from the money we raise are we able to give back to the community, but we can also provide for people in the community that can’t necessarily afford things at retail price an opportunity to get things they need,” Saxon said. “It’s really a win-win for both.”

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