JSL Attic sale brings in $30k despite rainy start

Published 8:55 am Tuesday, March 5, 2024

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The 49th annual Junior Service League of LaGrange Attic Sale was held over the weekend at the Callaway Conference Center.

The annual fundraiser provides funds for the many JSL initiatives throughout LaGrange and Troup County.

This year’s event was a success bringing in $30,424.70 to support the club’s efforts.

The event is traditionally held in the fall in October, but this year’s sale was moved to the spring.

The annual sale helps fund the entire calendar for the nonprofit, which gives back through various service projects throughout the year.

“We raise money solely for the benefit of the community, and everything we are collecting and everything we are selling, that money is going straight back into the community,” said Attic Sale Chair Melissa Brown.

The JSL hosts the long-running  Sweetland of Liberty Children’s Parade on Independence Day, along with the annual Taste of the Town where local restaurants and artisans show off their goods.

Brown said this year’s sale was a bit down from last year, but it was an overall success. She attributed the slight downtrend to the weather. She said her personal goal as sale chair was to hit $30,000.

“Maybe the weather held some people back because Friday night we had our presale, and it was raining pretty hard all night,” Brown said. “But we did have a lot of people lined up with their umbrellas for presale. It was still a really good turnout.”

Typically, most people come out on Saturday during the main sale, she said.

The sale also had plenty of people lined up for the half-off sale where everyone is kicked out and when they reenter everything is half price. Salegoers are forced out to make sure people don’t just hoard items until they are discounted.

Brown said she isn’t sure if moving the sale to the spring will be permanent.

“We haven’t quite decided which date it will be. But we’re going to have a post-meeting and go through everything, so we’ll decide from there,” Brown said.

“My thanks to the community for coming out shopping,” Brown said. “Essentially, they’re giving back to the community by doing that. Also to anyone and everyone who donated things for us to sell.”