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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Q5: Summer sale offers such shopping fun

  • Virginia Rawlings said Saturday's Working Women's Garage Sale accomplishes a few things: it provides a fun shopping outlet, allows area women to clean out their closets, and most importantly, puts more into a fund for local scholarships.
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  • Virginia Rawlings said Saturday's Working Women's Garage Sale accomplishes a few things: it provides a fun shopping outlet, allows area women to clean out their closets, and most importantly, puts more into a fund for local scholarships.
    In this Q5, Rawlings tells us more about the sale, an offering of the Women's Division through the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce.
    1. Virginia, how did the idea for the Working Women's Garage Sale come about?
    "The Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce needed a fundraiser that would contribute to our scholarship funds. In discussions last year, we had the revelation that we all have either too many clothes, some that don’t fit, some we’ve never worn, and our closets could use an update.
    "Therefore, we are benefiting not only the scholarship fund, but also ourselves with a needed excuse to clean out our closets."
     
    2. What sort of items will be available at the sale?
    "We have coats, ponchos, jackets, blouses, tops, sweaters, skirts, slacks, suits, fancy clothes, jewelry, scarves, shoes, purses and even hats and gloves.
    "Every season is represented. Whether you need something for right now, or something for cold winter days — all sizes and all colors — there is definitely something for every lady."
     
    3. Since professional work clothes can be pricey when purchased at department stores, how will this sale be a treasure trove of affordable attire for attendees?
    "The ladies from the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce who shopped our last sale would be glad to attest to the fact that there are definitely fantastic finds. Shopping is such fun.
    "Business attire has many meanings, and there are items which fit the strictly business grouping, the business casual, and the casual Friday requirements — dressy to casual — it’s all there. Everything is very reasonably priced. So, everyone should find a bargain that they didn’t know they needed or wanted."
     
    4. Can you tell us about what the hosts, the Women's Division/Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce, plan to do with proceeds?
    "All proceeds go to the scholarship fund. The Women’s Division has awarded 14 $1,000 scholarships since 2007.
    "The applicant must be a female Leavenworth County resident seeking either an undergraduate degree, or a professional/technical degree. One scholarship each year goes to a traditional student, and another goes to a non-traditional student. The applications are scored by merit, employment, community service, extra activities, and a written essay.
    "This year, we had a total of 22 traditional applicants and three non-traditional applicants. Our scholarship committee volunteers many hours reviewing the applications, and then interviewing the finalists.
    Page 2 of 2 - "We are proud to support the education of the ladies in our communities. This very much fits the mission of our Women’s Division: 'To empower women in professional roles through programs that will mentor and advance leadership and growth opportunities through education and networking.'"
    5. When and where will the sale be and how can readers find out more information about the event?
    "The Working Women’s Garage Sale will be Saturday, July 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., inside at the Kansas City Kansas Community College-Leavenworth Center, 225 Cherokee, Leavenworth. Come see us and leave with goodies and a smile.
    "This sale does not include household items or items for men or children. Cash or checks only, no credit cards."

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