WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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who has worked on the sale since 1996. "We are really picky about what we ultimately set out for sale." Items are sorted through more than once, carefully monitored for rips or stains. Not everything donated makes it onto a display table or a hanger. A dumpster stands at the ready to receive the utterly unsellable. "I remember one woman who thought we could sell her children's art projects," recalls Julie Chapman, a longtime volunteer associated with the sale for more than 60 years. "We couldn't!" On the first Saturday of November, with the last items curated, hung up, and displayed, shoppers flock to the church, often arriving well before the 9 a.m. opening. "They are lined up all around the par- ish," notes Sally Kellogg, co-chair of the sale and chair of the Village Churchwomen, its organizing overseer. "There are some very savvy shoppers who know exactly what they are looking for and head straight for the rooms that are important to them." Kellogg estimates that they attract between 400 and 500 shoppers during their four hours of operation. Former sale chairwoman Betty Seaborn says, "There is one man who comes out every year from Boston who tries on and purchases a number of suits. He would buy a garbage every year in the beginning of November, a little bit of alchemy happens at the Wellesley Village Church in Wellesley center. Somehow, a gently used sweater or an outgrown toy morphs into schol- arships for needy students or food for children who are hungry after school in Framingham. Or a box of Christmas ornaments or a painting helps send a child to summer camp. This bit of magic doesn't happen without many helping hands along the way, however. The legendary rummage sale that transforms thousands of items each year into funds for local organizations is supported by more than 100 volunteers. But if practice makes perfect, the rummage sale must be nearly flawless: it has been a Wellesley institution for 75 years. In 1941, the first sale had its beginnings with a modest set up on the church stage. Now it occupies six classrooms and an enormous hall, with more than 12 departments ranging from furniture to electronics to jewelry. "I couldn't believe the huge selection," said Jackie Rodriguez, a shopper. "There are rooms and rooms of items. It would be over- whelming if it weren't so well organized." Because of its longevity, the sale is highly regarded for its quality and value. "We have a good reputation for what we sell," say Janis Luedke, 121 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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