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October 15, 2012

Rummage sales mean price is right

'I think of this as recycling in a very big way'

PLATTSBURGH — One woman’s castoffs are another’s score at the Plattsburgh United Methodist Church Rummage Sale.

Tammy Daniels was among the browsers on Friday, the second day of the three-day event.

“I came for the (Plattsburgh Interfaith) Food Shelf,” said Daniels, who is a Champlain native. “I get clothes I can afford after I lost my job. I worked at Pfizer in Rouses Point. I was a stock clerk.”

Now, Daniels is a graduate student working toward a master’s degree in science and teaching at SUNY Plattsburgh.

“I think of this as recycling in a very big way. I would rather shop at thrift stores than buy something new. We throw away so much. It’s a family thing. My mom and sister all shop at thrift shops. It’s not always monetary. It’s more being able to get something that would normally be thrown away.”

During Thursday’s three-hour window, the United Methodist Women raked in $1,200.

“We do it twice a year ... spring and fall,” said Gina Faoro Gratton, who is co-coordinator of the event with Susan Cadieux.

“It has been going on for years.”

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday was the intake of sale items donated by church members.

Wednesday evening, Boy Scouts helped congregants place folding tables.

“Thursday morning, Susan starts organizing it,” Gratton said.

And, the price was right for many.

Household items for sale included George Foreman grills, a cut-glass deviled egg dish and a ceramic pineapple cookie jar.

Jennifer Webber of Plattsburgh snagged an Oster blender.

She said she attends the sale “because it’s stuff that’s cheap.” 

Church members Susan Tinker and Christine Blow assessed a picture frame.

“We’re looking at our merchandise and trying to keep things in order,” Blow said.

“I’m helping out,” Tinker said.

Gratton urged customers to return Saturday for the $2 bag sale.

“As United Methodist Women, we pledge $3,600 to the United Methodist Committee on Relief,” she said. “They go everywhere. We lost some people at the earthquake in Haiti. We donate to the local Food Shelf here and Reason2Smile.”

Email Robin Caudell:

rcaudell@pressrepublican.com

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