Summer Sales from the Big Flea

We are gearing up for the 2014-2015 Big Flea season and have already collected a few items that are now available for purchase! All proceeds benefit Mt Vernon Community School.

If you have furniture you’d like to get rid of, please email mvbigfleadonations@gmail.com. Please note we have limited storage right now, but we’ll do our best to collect your items.

If you’d like to purchase any of the items below contact katharinebriscoe@yahoo.com.

Dresser: Wood, painted white with detail on the drawers, sturdy, good condition, 44 inches wide 18 inches deep 30 inches tall ($40)

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Nightstand: Made of particle board but very sturdy and in good condition ($10)

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Teak Chair: Excellent condition, solid wood. Comes with removable cushion ($75)

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Wood Barstools: Pair of black stools, some chipped paint, seats are 24 inches off ground ($15 for set)

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Queen Bed Frame: Good condition, solid wood, has scratched areas so needs sanding and probably paint, comes with two wood side rails ($40)

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Kitchen Cart: Great storage piece for kitchen, kids’ playroom, closet, etc. ($5)

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And we’re happy to announce we’ve already made a few sales — this foosball table and the cubed shelf have sold!

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And earlier this summer, we also sold this swing set — donated by a current MVCS family and purchased by another. Delivery was included in the sale.

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Again, we have limited storage right now, but we are accepting furniture donations. Please contact mvbigfleadonations@gmail.com if you have items to donate — even swingsets!

A Big Flea Thank You!

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Yet again, the 2014 Big Flea was a huge success. When it was all over, over $24,100 was collected — well past the goal of $16,000. Over $20,000 will go directly to the MVCS PTA!

The Flea would not have been possible without all the parent and community volunteers and local businesses who donated time, money and services.  Here’s how it all went down:

The 2014 Big Flea weekend officially started Thursday night when Greg Ruff, Caroline Jackson, Jim Sample, Katie Briscoe, and Sabrina Detlef, Andrew Beaujon and Art Witebsky muscled boxes into trucks and onto trailers and moved them from the shop to the Rec Center.

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On Friday, the Gentle Giants showed up at the Rec Center with a truck at 9:30 am and continued to show up right up until the last of 6 truck loads of stuff from the shop.

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Several stories of dedicated volunteerism came from Cathy Petrini, Amy Smucker and Cynthia Webster. Amy changed flight departure times on Friday so she could stick around in the morning to help with the set up!!! Cathy Petrini made a cameo appearance at the Big Flea. Her son has moved on from MVCS but she continues to show support. Cynthia returned from Big Flea retirement to help out again. Proof that once the Big Flea is in your blood you can never leave it. Rosa Landeros and John Perlman again dedicated themselves, as they have for several years, to helping make the Big Flea a success.

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Former student Jacob Parish was incredible in that he worked set up Friday and then begged his parents Brad and Shawn to come Saturday to help as well. He put in a hard two days of work. He and his parents were so crucial to the 50/50 raffle and so much more.

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On Saturday, Art Witebsky and Jim Sample showed up at 6 a.m. to set up. At 7, the early birds arrived to start shopping. General admission started at 8, everything was half off at 10:45, and finally at noon everything was free!  Hard to believe that the gym was completely emptied by 2:00pm!!!!

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Aside from the money that was raised, the sense of common purpose and community that permeates through the rec center is just tremendous. It’s what makes the Big Flea so special.

We also $132 received in donations to the Art Department from Sarah Bukowski’s Face Painting Tent. The MVCS Student Council with advisors Marissa Yzita and Fabiola Bustios came up with and implemented their book sale tent with so much enthusiasm and success. Their book sale raised $316.61.

The volunteers who worked throughout the year and this past weekend all gave so much of their time to the Big Flea and the school. It’s so hard to say that anyone did anymore than anyone else but there were five people who really, really, really gave so much and did so much to make the Big Flea a success. The five leaders of the Big Flea…Art Witebsky, Katie Briscoe, Greg Ruff, Stephanie Sample and Caroline Jackson. This is where the applause and the kneeling before them should begin!

And a very special thank you to:

  • Christi Hart and Star Catering for again donating super awesome bag lunches for the Friday volunteers.
  • Jen Walker and Bobi Bomar committed $1,000 each to the Big Flea! Jen Walker created the Big Flea Shopping bags which are sure to become collectors items. They continue to show such great support of the PTA and the Big Flea.
  • Gentle Giants were incredible! Their crew moved all of that stuff from the shop to the Rec Center on Friday. So incredible what they do for us each year.
  • Virginia Amos donated boxes from Barnes & Noble throughout the year.
  • The Mount Vernon Village Shopping Center was so gracious in donating the space for the shop.
  • Affordable Signs and Graphics donated beautiful new banners to the Big Flea.
  • Caboose Cafe donated coffee and baked goods to keep our Friday volunteers fueled.
  • Campagna Center and the Campagna Kids for creating our signage throughout the Rec Center.

Thank you to all of the volunteers, families, kids, teachers, administrators, community partners and the Del Ray community for making the Big Flea a success. Go MVCS PTA!

2014 Big Flea Schedule

It’s time for the Big Flea grand finale and everything must go! Join us Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center located at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue in Del Ray.

Here’s the schedule — come early for the best Flea finds!

7 am: $10 Early Admission
8 am: Free Admission
10:30 am: 50/50 Raffle
10:45 am: Everything is ½ off
12:15 pm: Everything is FREE!

We hope to see you there!

Last Call! Final Shop ‘N Drop of 2014!

Can you believe the 2014 Big Flea is almost here?! This Saturday, April 12 will be our FINAL Shop ‘N Drop to help us prepare for the grand finale on April 26.

Our temporary showroom located at 3815 Mt Vernon Ave. will be open from 2-4 pm with volunteers standing by to accept your donations of household goods. See something you like? Everything at the shop is available for sale too!

If you have something to donate but can’t move it yourself, contact the Big Flea moving crew for free pick-up at mvbigfleadonations@gmail.com

And don’t forget to save the date for the main event, the 2014 Big Flea April 26 at the Mount Vernon Rec Center.

2014 MV Big Flea 50/50 Raffle

The MV Big Flea is right around the corner — the main event happens on April 26! For the past few years we’ve raffled off a car the day of the Flea. This year, though, instead of raffling off an “antique” car, we have something better — cold, hard cash!

Half of the proceeds raised from the Big Flea 50/50 Raffle will go to the MVCS PTA for programs and services for our students and teachers and the other half is prize money. Just like the lottery, the more tickets sold, the bigger the prize becomes!

Tickets will be priced the same as in previous years — 1 for $10 or 3 for $25.

Be on the lookout for folks selling raffle tickets at school events, Shop ‘N Drops and at school drop-off and pick-up as we get closer to the main event.

To get us started, our 50/50 raffle sponsor Jen Walker has already donated $1,000! Thank you Jen!

To help grow the jackpot, we need volunteers to help sell those raffle tickets! Please contact Shawn Parish if you can help!

Big Flea loves Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant Moving Company has once again stepped up to provide moving services for the Big Flea. The Big Flea would not exist without the sponsorship and generosity of Kieffer Karim and his team of great movers. Gentle Giant has provided moving services or each of the seven years the Big Flea has been in operation.

From the kids, the teachers, the administration, the MVCS PTA, the Big Flea team, we all say THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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Next Shop N Drop is Feb. 22

Saturday, Feb. 22, is the next Shop N Drop. Come March, we’ll be holding these bad boys every weekend.

But for now, come on down Saturday between 2 and 4 p.m. and either drop off your donations (more info here on what we can and can’t take) or peruse our stock for bargains. (Note: It will be too late to pick up a Valentine’s Day gift. Make another plan.)

Katie from DIY Del Ray chronicled some of the good stuff that came in last time. She tweeted finds through the day, and they went fast.

If the 22nd is inconvenient for you, we can try to schedule a pickup. Just email mvbigfleadonations@gmail.com and we’ll do our best to get a crew to your house.

The Flea space is at 3815 Mt. Vernon Ave., in the same shopping center as M.O.M.’s.