Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Flea Esta Sale

The Salvation Army Ladies Auxiliary volunteers have been busy organizing the annual Flea Esta Sale which will take place this Friday and Saturday at the Morgan County Fairgrounds – only problem is they are on the doorstep .

“People are going to have to use the backdoor this year,” said Ways and Means Committee Co-Chair Gloria Biggs.

The regular gate has recently been cast in concrete and is too early to be stepped on and crew workers are also constructing a new entrance and overhang area from the poured concrete. But that’s not stopping these ladies from going ahead with the sale which will ultimately benefit the children of the area.

“We are starting a back-to-school program this summer,” Biggs said, adding that children who are part of the Salvation Army’s Corp will be taken by an adult to shop for back-to-school clothes and shoes. “Parents will have to wait in the car, it’s the children who do the shopping.”

Families who can participate in the new program will need to complete an application through The Salvation Army at 331 W. Douglas Ave.

Biggs and co-chair Carol Piper are excited about the items they’ve received for sale and the benefits it brings to both donators and buyers.

“People remove treasures from their homes and other people find treasures for their homes,” Biggs said, adding that the auxiliary can then raise funds to benefit the children.

As of Monday, approximately 32 volunteers help clean, install and research the value of selected antiques each day so that all items are priced fairly for those who shop. Today they will finish everything for Friday’s sale.

“We’ve got some really great stuff this week,” Biggs said. “We are still looking for them to see the value.”

Some items that will be available range from toy train sets, old cash registers from the now closed Salvation Army store, puzzles, complete children’s furniture with plastic coverings, furniture, jewelery to antiques, for to name a few.

Volunteers will also be on hand tomorrow and Saturday to meet all the needs of buyers, big or small.

“We have a lot of eyes,” Biggs said. “Anyone who needs help carrying things to measure things.”

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