Mount Vernon Community School PTA volunteers collected several carloads of contributions last Saturday for the April 26th MV Big Flea. We will be hosting similar “donation days” each Saturday leading up to the event.
The MV Big Flea is a giant flea-market fundraiser. You donate items and get a tax deduction. We sell them and keep the proceeds. The money is used to support after-school and enrichment programs of the Alexandria public school.
Donors streamed through our storage facility in Old Town all morning long bringing furniture, baby and kid gear, household items, collectibles and so much more. At the same time, volunteers Paul Beckman and Gordon Lubold picked up items from Alexandria families while Chris Ammon, Doug and Carter Rutherford helped sort and store.
But this week’s biggest donation came from Maryland. Reading our “Wanted” ad on Craigslist, Brian Pague decided to donate 40 gumball vending machines! Thanks to MVCS parent Jeff Hagler (and his truck), we quickly retrieved these items from a Silver Spring warehouse.
Alexandrians gave in great numbers: Terri DuBois Webster a set of solid bunk beds; Lisa Bourne a beautiful painted chest of drawers and other furniture; Heather Wombacher a brand-new Restoration Hardware firescreen; Louise and David Dauenheimer a sweet portable pool and vintage foosball game; Diane Archer a minivan full of kids gear. There were many more.
Many others dropped by and contributed items to the event. We even made our first $350 in sales! With storage space at a premium, several larger items have also been posted on Craigslist. Sold this weekend was a large chest of drawers, oak filing cabinet and drop-leaf table and nearly 100CDs.
Cleaning out your attic or basement? Then give us a shout. We’re collecting items every Saturday in Old Town and would love to have your junque, treasure, or just plain leftovers. Contact Joseph LaMountain at 202.288.5124 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.