And then Bonnie, owner of Finders Keepers and our Fearless Leader, introduced Haji, a refugee from Sierra Leone, who works at our Furnishings location. Haji and other refugees are the reason - the real reason - that we hold this semi-annual event. Shoppers can stuff bags full of clearance merchandise for only $10 a bag and 100% of the proceeds from our Bag Sales go directly to Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA.) Last Saturday's Bag Sale raised $1638 for this very worthy, very necessary cause. I couldn't help but wonder what he thought about the event. But just the idea of it made me burst into big, pregnant-lady tears and I didn't want to be a blubbery, teary mess when I asked him because I have never seen him cry. In fact he smiles. A lot.
I've posted pictures below. Be sure to check out our youtube page for video clips of interviews and the total madness of Bag Sale! And take a peek at Finders Keepers Furnishings blog to see pictures from RRISA's Artists Market, which showcased products from beaders, weavers, and painters!
|Forget gilded streets - how about shoe-lined sidewalks?|
|Bag Sale Enthusiasts waited for hours for the 9am start|
|So neat and tidy... not for long!|
|Three stylish shoppers await the start|
|What a fun way to start your Saturday!|
|The line just kept on going...|
|Jessica armed and ready to collect money! |
Shoppers could stuff as many bags as they wanted for just $10 a bag!
|I think Bag Sale had been underway for about... 90 seconds...|
|They came. They saw. They shopped. And they supported a great cause!|
|Way to multi-task! Get in some shopping and some strength training!|
|There are clothes down there?|
|Time elapsed: less than 5 minutes and the rack is almost clear!|
|Hi Haji! One day I'm going to ask you what you think about all this!|
|Meet Tessa and Leanne - representatives from RRISA.|
Check out their website at: http://www.rrisa.org/