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Angel's Attic is a garage sale shopper's delight. From Oct. 12 to Oct. 16 the old Four Seasons Mall will be a treasure trove of secondhand items. You can pick up clothing, gardening tools, artwork, or even a Christmas tree. "It ranges from furniture to the kitchen sink," says Greg Peterson, a volunteer from Plymouth who is helping set up the store. This year, one store has items full of Asian influence that were donated by a gallery. Displays include an Uzbeck gown, Moroccan handbags and even a camel saddle. "Even when I was setting it up I had to stop and say how do you sit on that thing," joked Plymouth volunteer Nancy Jensen who arranged much of the special collection. "If you want an unusual piece in your home, we probably have it for you." All the money earned from Angel's Attic goes to support the Angel Foundation. The Angel Foundation has received around $140,000 each year from the volunteer group. "So many people come in and say thank you for what we do," says Kay Melemed, co-founder and co-organizer of the event. She heads up a group of volunteers that started Angel's Attic when the American Cancer Society garage sale stopped four years ago. "It's a huge, huge endeavor," says Melemed. It's a bittersweet year for volunteers because this sale will be the last one. The sale requires volunteers to attend estate sales, arrange for pick-up of quality items, storing the items, and then displaying them. Many volunteers donate time weekly. As the sale as grown, the volunteer base has not. "It's been a very long, hard year because we are so short staffed," says Jensen. "I think we're all getting older and we don't have the energy we used to have." Many of the volunteers have been working together for more than 15 years. "We're the core," says Jensen. "So many of us have worked together for so many years so we have a real passion for it." While the volunteers are sad their fundraiser is coming to a close, they admit they will get together to see one another and may find another way to donate time or talent to the cause. "Whatever we can do to support them is really important," says Jensen. Angel's Attic volunteers also say a special thank you to Walmart, who donated the space and the electricity for the event. Angel's Attic Old Four Seasons Mall, Plymouth October 12-16 Opens at 10 a.m. Admission is $3 on Saturday; free on other days Wednesday is half-price day on items Shannon Slatton, reporting http://twelve.tv/ http://www.facebook.com/12localnews http://twitter.com/12LocalNews 12 News is on Comcast cable channel 12 in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis and includes the cities Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth and Robbinsdale.
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You could say Angel's Attic is almost in Judy Kauffman's DNA. She's been helping and organizing the massive sale to benefit cancer charities for around 40 years. Many family members have helped with the sale over the years and this year, Kauffman's daughter is flying in from New York to help. "It's a huge, huge sale," said Kauffman. "The thing that is close to my heart is the [Angel Foundation] help's kids. They have support groups for kids and summer camp." The sale has been held at numerous locations around the Twin Cities, but this year it's doubled in size to occupy the 80,000 square-foot facility that is the old Four Season's Mall. Walmart donated the space for the sale. Each store in the mall is stocked with a certain type of good. There's a jewelry store, lawn and garden section, housewares, clothing, and even sporting goods and luggage. "It's a very good cause and you get a good bargain at the same time," said Kauffman. Kauffman and her co-chair Kay Melemed work year-round gathering goods that are left over from estate sales. They organize volunteers who organize the products, tag them, and get ready for the big sale. People like Marcille Groenke come back every year to help out. Even though Marcille developed cancer herself last year, she still shows up to help out where needed. "We need to find the answer for cancer. There's too much around," said Groenke. The money raised goes to the Angel Foundation, a nonprofit that helps cancer patients with nonmedical expenses like rent, transporation, or food. Last year's sale raised more than $100,000 and organizers hope this year's sale brings in a similar amount. Angel's Attic Saturday, Oct. 13 - Wednesday, Oct. 17 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily First day admission $3; after that admission is free Wednesday, October 17 everything is half price. Shannon Slatton, reporting http://twelve.tv/ http://www.facebook.com/12localnews http://twitter.com/12LocalNews 12 News is on Comcast cable channel 12 in the northwest suburbs of Minneapolis and includes the cities Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth and Robbinsdale.
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