Clothes, clothes and more clothes. For the past 13 days, I have been sorting, organizing and selling a jaw-dropping amount of clothes, hats, shoes and belts that were donated to the Marco Island Charter Middle School. The shoes alone put Imelda Marcos’ collection to shame.
When Realtor and friend Natalie Kirstein called me on Sept. 2 to ask me to help with a clothes-only garage sale that would benefit MICMS and help me get some needed volunteer hours, I said yes. The plan was to bag up all the clothes, transport them to my house and hold the sale at a later date.
It was a good plan. I thought we could get all the clothes moved in one day, sort them on the weekends and evenings, with the sale slated for late October.
Let’s just say, we underestimated the amount of clothes, shoes, hat and belts one woman could own. We changed the game plan when Brenda Jarman, who donated all the clothes and is guardian of the property, agreed to let us hold the sale there. There was just too much to bag and move.
This lady’s wardrobe collection spanned 50 years. Beautiful vintage clothing with Gucci, Pucci, Dior and Chanel labels were packed into closets. There were sequined dresses to golf wear and everything else in between.
I called a vintage clothing store, CMadelines, in North Miami Beach, explained what we had and the owners came over the next day and spent a few hours going through the items. They departed with a car full of clothing and left a big check, all for MICMS.
Natalie, her daughter Katie and my two children, Noah and Samantha, spent almost every evening at the house just folding and sorting for the sale that started last Saturday. Other parents, including Christine Smith and Jennifer Tenney, and MICMS students Jennifer Smith and Catherine Sherman also helped out.
The huge turnout made a bunch of money for the school, and there is still tons of clothes, shoes, hats and belts to sell.
So if you missed the sale, don’t be sad. We are doing it again this weekend, there are still plenty of treasures to be found. Stop by between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 850 S. Barfield Drive. All money raised from sale go to the MICMS.