From left, Skipper Usher, Laura DeLong and Joan Plunkett take a close look at a goblet up for grabs at the Sandy Springs Society’s annual Tossed Out Treaures sale, slated for March 27-28.
From left, Skipper Usher, Laura DeLong and Joan Plunkett take a close look at a goblet up for grabs at the Sandy Springs Society’s annual Tossed Out Treaures sale, slated for March 27-28.

Volunteers Joan Plunkett, Skipper Usher and Laura DeLong examined an old, odd-looking goblet with a screw-on cap. They determined it held a secret.

“During Prohibition, people would take the lid off and pour liquor into it,” DeLong said, pointing out the glass bottom.

This was just one of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of items set to go on sale during the Sandy Springs Society’s annual Tossed Out Treasures sale, scheduled for Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28.

When asked if she knew exactly how many items had been donated, Plunkett responded, “Oh my gosh, I couldn’t even begin to tell you.”

Now in its 24th year, the popular sale raises money to further the nonprofit society’s goal of providing for other nonprofit groups in the Sandy Springs area.

“There’s a reason we do this,” Plunkett said. “This is the thing that brings us as an organization together. We have fun and support the community.”

Last year, the society’s sale raised $72,000, Plunkett said. Through the years, the sale has provided funds the society has given to more than 20 different philanthropic groups, the society says.

“We’re a service to people because they’re getting a lot of nice things at a good price,” Plunkett said. “We feel like we’re doing two services — the money we get we give all back, and there may be people who can’t afford a lot and they can come and buy nice clothes.”

Clothes aren’t the only things offered for sale, though.

The showroom, this year located in a building at 6337 Roswell Road that once housed a department store, is organized into sections. There are sections for furniture, men’s and women’s clothing, kitchen items, Christmas decorations, fine silver and china, books, electronics, lamps, toys, jewelry, art and even a “man-cave.”

Lib Thompson, society president, said the event is “not your usual garage sale. It’s an upscale, resale event.”

Plunkett walked around the sale space one recent afternoon as about 60 volunteers were busy getting items organized. Many asked her questions, even though she now is officially an advisor to the event and no longer in charge. “We started this 24 years ago and I was a co-chair,” Plunkett said. “I’ve been working on it so long, lots of people come to ask me questions.”

Individual volunteers are responsible for specific sections of merchandise, Plunkett said. “Everybody takes so much pride in their area,” she said.

“Everybody in here is a volunteer and they give hours and hours of their time. That’s what made it a success.”

Last year, the society celebrated its 25th anniversary.

“It started with 15 women that decided they needed to help,” Plunkett said. “They said, ‘we need to get these women together. Women can do a job.’ They got up to 100 people the first year.

“It’s a lot of women from the Sandy Springs area. If you didn’t know them before, you get to know them through the society.”

Tossed Out Treasures

The Sandy Springs Society holds its 24th annual “upscale flea market” to raise money for local nonprofit groups.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 27 and 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 28

Where: 6337 Roswell Road

Cost: Admission is free.

For more information or to purchase $25 advance tickets to the March 26 preview party: www.sandyspringssociety.org.

Ann Marie Quill

Ann Marie Quill is Associate Editor at Reporter Newspapers.

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