2017 Ree Play SaleThe 2017 Ree Play Sale will take place April 21-23 from 9am – 1pm at the Beacon Pool/University Settlement Camp Theater. You can drop off donations now at the Beacon Recreation Center, Fishkill Recreation Center, and Butterfield Memorial Library.
About the SaleWee Play’s primary fundraising project is the annual Ree Play Sale – where volunteers collect gently used baby’s, children’s, and maternity clothing, toys, furniture, outdoor play equipment, bicycles, strollers and other baby-gear, etc. The sale is enormous and takes place over three days – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We accept clean and gently used maternity, baby, children, and youth clothing as well as toys, games, books, and videos along with the baby gear and other items already mentioned. In addition, every year there is a wonderful bake sale with homemade goodies and donated coffee to get shopping parents, their children and volunteers through the morning. Beacon families bake out their favorites – it’s worth coming to the sale just for breakfast and snacks! The sale is entirely volunteer-staffed and all of the items sold are donated. It is a tremendous labor of love by and for the community as well as a lot of fun to be a part of – as a volunteer, a donor, or just a shopper. “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” is the motto of the sale which is an event that generates tremendous enthusiasm and is as much a community builder as a fundraiser. Please check our Facebook page for the most current information on the Ree Play Sale: https://www.facebook.com/groups/164577816927329/
VolunteerWe always need help with the sale. Some examples of the type of help we need:
Sorters:The largest number of volunteers needed prior to the sale are sorting volunteers who help to fold and sort the donations (clothes are checked for stains, rips, etc. and sorted by size and toys are grouped by age and activity type, etc.) into bins and onto tables. Generally, you check weekly for the sorting schedule and let the coordinator know by email or a facebook notice that you’ll be joining them. Sorting is really a terrific way to meet and get to know people in the community – you are welcome to bring your children and it is an extremely friendly atmosphere – a great way to spend a few hours.
On-Call for Pickups:These volunteers put themselves on a list to be emailed, occasionally called when a pickup is needed. If you are available at that time, you offer to do the pickup – if you are the first to offer, you will be up — if not, next time! This can be a lot of fun, you get out in the community and meet people as you go.
Marketing/PR:Helping to distribute fliers and post notices (online or actual paper fliers) about donations and about the sale, itself.
Staffing the Sale:- Helping to setup (post parking signs, set up tables, etc.) - Staffing the Register and being there to neaten tables, etc. - Cleanup and packing up leftover merchandise after the sale (on the last day and the next day)
Benefits of Volunteering:The benefit of sorting is that you are allowed to “pre-shop” – you can purchase items that you like before the sale starts if you volunteer. Meeting an amazing community of families who really care about Beacon and making lasting friendships for you and your children. Most of all giving back to the community and “Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling,” For questions about volunteering, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org