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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make the whole shopping experience that much nicer," she says. "The truth is that we have so much 'stuff ' in Wellesley," observes Hoffman. "We are a very disposable society." The rummage sale puts a pause on the "buy new" ethos that permeates much of the community by putting hundreds of high-quality used items back into the hands of grateful shoppers instead of into dumpsters and ultimately landfills. "I like it better if it's reused; there is a story behind it," says Hoffman. "We recycle, we compost, we often buy at rummage sales; it's part of a lifestyle." Often by the end of the sale, exhausted volunteers are happy to watch any merchandise head out the door. But there is one item that sits proudly on display that often gets a second glance and a query about its availability. It is a two-foot tall, ceramic White Elephant. Despite its potential for just a little more revenue for the sale, it's staying put. "It's our mascot," says Luedke. "It's the one thing at the rummage sale that's not for available for purchase." meant it was hard to afford a lot of work clothes." Rodriguez and her three children attended the pre-sale the first year when they were living in the shel- ter system of FPM and again the next year when they had transitioned into permanent housing through the pro- gram. "I was in my new apartment, and I was able to get a lot of things for my place — just the basic kind of things that I needed like pots and pans," she says. Rodriguez also has high praise for the volunteers, some of whom she knew through her stays at the Village Church. "The volunteers who work there make it so much better; they The Wellesley Village Church 76th Annual Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday, November 4 at 2 Central Street in Wellesley from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. top: Mary-Lou Kruse and Jake Martin middle: Maggie Peterson and Sally Kellogg bottom: Beanie Spangler and Pat Clark 126 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 Soul (Re)Cycle

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