Why the largest tag sale in New England?
May 11~ 12 ~13, 2017
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 three years of supporting the children served by Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut.
The largest tag sale in New England that raises money to help the children in Southeastern Connecticut is at The New London Armory, 249 Bayonet Street, New London on Thursday, May 11th and Friday, May 12th from 9 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday, May 13th from 9 AM to 3 PM .
Last year 130 tables and 40 clothing racks were needed to display the art, collectables, housewares, linens, small appliances, sporting goods, books, toys, jewelry and clothing, and the furniture department of tables, chairs, bed frames, dressers, shelves and lamps was extensive.
It begins the week before with six days of “Intake” where our generous community members drop off their gently used items at six locations along the CT coastline from Mystic down to Essex –“We get high quality items because we have been doing this sale for so many years,” says Mary Dangremond who has co-chaired this fundraiser for the past 10 years. “Those who donate know their goods are going to a good cause.” All proceeds from the Annual Sale support Child & Family Agency’s programs and services for our area children and families in need.
Last year everything from a turkey deep fryer to a crystal studded designer handbag to beautiful oriental rugs could be found at the Child & Family Annual Sale. Gucci, Hermes, Nina Ricci and Stuart Weitzman were just a few of the labels found last year in “New & Better” clothing. Fine china, antique clocks, silver, art and collectibles are in the “Boutique” and everything you might need to set up a first time kitchen will be found in “Bric-a-Brac” and “Appliances & Gadgets.
It takes 260 volunteers to pull off this extraordinary tag sale and many have been working at this important Child & Family Agency fundraiser for over 20 years. People who shop the sale return year after year because of the values to be had. Annual Sale co-chair Amanda Rutledge noted a group of shoppers who have for years come all the way from New Jersey to find the great buys.
Watch the Annual Sale videos at : www.childandfamilyagency.org and then come join the fun! You can follow the 63rd Annual Sale on Facebook and twitter as we post some of what will be at the sale during set-up days on May 8th, 9th, and 10th and during the days of the sale on May 11th, 12th, and 13th.