62nd Annual Sale: May 5, 6, & 7, 2016

62nd Annual Sale: May 5, 6, & 7, 2016

The Auxiliaries of Child & Family Agency are preparing for their 62nd Annual Sale. This Annual Sale is the largest and longest running event of its kind in New England. The event will begin May 5th at 9:00 a.m. and will run through May 7th at the New London Armory, located at 249 Bayonet Street in New London, CT. The co-chairwomen of the 2016 Annual Sale are Amanda Rutledge, Lois Geary, Ellie Krusewski, and Mary Dangremond.

In 1954 a group of women organized Child & Family Agency’s first Annual Sale at the Skipper’s Dock in Noank. The building had been vacant with no heat but a group of volunteers made fast friendships while organizing clothes and kitchenware to raise money for children in need. In the years to follow, the sale would be held in vacant storefronts in New London and Groton, the gyms at St. Bernard’s and Grasso Tech, as well as Mitchell College, Ocean Beach and the New London Armory.  While the locations may change, the friendships, fun, and commitment of the auxiliary volunteers have remained constant during the sixty two years of supporting the children served by Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut.

The theme of this year’s Annual Sale is “Bring a Treasure, Help a Child.” Child & Family Agency’s Annual Sale depends on donated merchandise and will accept donations at a variety of locations throughout the community. The Agency is asking all residents to check their closets for current, stylish fashions that have not been worn in the last 2 years. Donations can range from prom dresses to fine furniture, tools, linens in excellent condition, decorative accessories, jewelry, china, glassware (only in sets of 2 or more) and silver. Child & Family Agency is also accepting books, toys and games, children’s furniture and equipment, as well as small clean appliances in good working condition.

Items which are especially desirable include: furniture, household/decorative items, sporting goods, linens, antiques, collectibles, books and CDs, artwork, tools, garden equipment, clothes in good condition, vintage clothing, jewelry, and small appliances. Tax letters for donations will be available at each of the intake locations.

“As a guide we ask our patrons to please donate only those items they would consider purchasing for themselves, their best friend, children or grandchildren,” said Lynn Fairfield-Sonn, director of Development & Community Relations for Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut. “While items sell well below retail value, the money raised for Child and Family Agency helps to provide services to over 18,000 children and their families in our communities.”

Intake locations, dates and hours of operations are as follows:

  • Lyme/Old Lyme:

Tuesday, April 26th

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Congregational Church 2 Ferry Road Old Lyme, CT

  • Mystic/Noank/Stonington:

Wednesday, April 27th

9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Church 32 East Main Street Mystic, CT

  • East Lyme/Niantic:

Wednesday, April 27th

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Saint Matthias Church 371 Chesterfield Road East Lyme, CT

  • Essex,

Thursday, April 28th

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Essex Town Hall 29 West Avenue Essex, CT

  • Groton

Thursday, April 28th

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

City of Groton Municipal Building 295 Meridian Street Groton, CT

  • New London/Waterford

Saturday, April 30th

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

St. Joseph’s School, 25 Squire Street New London, CT