By Amanda Hatfield
BREVARD -- Pinterest crafters, bargain hunters, and shopaholics of Brevard County -- this event is for you!
On Saturday, March 2, the Junior League of South Brevard will host its 24th Rummage Roundup at the Melbourne Auditorium.
The Junior League of South Brevard, Inc. is an organization of women who are committed to volunteer work, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
"Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable," said Rebecca Shireman, vice president of fundraising. "Basically, The Junior League assesses problems and solutions and create new partnerships in the public and private sectors.
"Most importantly, we lay the foundation for real, lasting change in our community," Mrs. Shireman added.
Originally started as an antique show in 1989, the Rummage Roundup has had much success in its 24 years.
"We have people who have attended Rummage Roundup for many years, and it is always a treat to hear their stories," Mrs. Shireman said.
With an 'Early Bird Sale' beginning at 6:30 a.m., Rummage Roundup attendees can shop through 20,000 square feet of gently used household goods, furniture, collectibles, electronics, toys, children's and adult clothing and much more.
This will also be Rummage Roundup's third year that vendors will be featured.
"We hope to have a variety of vendors, including a chiropractor, providing free spinal evaluations, a law firm specializing in bankruptcy and quite a few selling goods," said Dana Morgan, Junior League of South Brevard member. "We will also have a bake sale."
Each year, Rummage Roundup gives back to Brevard County.
"After the sale is complete, we donate whatever isn't sold to other charities that have thrift shops, and books will be donated to local libraries for their book sales," Mrs. Shireman said.
Rummage Roundup also serves as a fundraiser for community projects the Junior League of South Brevard actively supports.
"The sale itself is a fundraiser, so proceeds will stay within our community," Mrs. Shireman added. "Our newest project is 'Fueling Kids,' an adjunct to afterschool programs to provide healthy snacks, nutrition education and physical activity instruction."
Rummage Roundup proceeds will also support the Children's Hunger Project achieve its goal of ensuring children do not experience hunger and malnutrition.
This program provides Brevard County elementary students -- who are on free or reduced lunch -- with a pre-packaged bundle of nutritious food, as they go home for the weekend.
Much anticipation has built for this year's Rummage Roundup.
"I think social media sites, like Pinterest, and TV networks, like HGTV, have made it increasingly popular to refurbish and repurpose old furniture and clothing," Mrs. Shireman said. "Rummage Roundup is a great opportunity to find items that can be used for these projects."
Aside from participating in an event that directly benefits Brevard, Mrs. Shireman reasons with one simply answer:
"Rather than travel from thrift shop to thrift shop, you can find hundreds of items in one place at the Rummage Round up."
The Junior League of South Brevard is always seeking dedicated women to become members. Membership is open to women 21 and older. Interested women should contact the membership development committee at email@example.com or visit www.jlsb.com.
Donations of new and gently used goods are still accepted. Monetary donations are also accepted and tax-deductible. For more information visit www.jslb.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (321) 610-8950.
The 24th Rummage Roundup is March 2 at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. Melbourne. Entrance fee for the Early Bird Sale from 6:30-8 a.m. is $5, and $1 between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon.