One of the best things about fall in Wilton is the certainty of routine. School starts, apple picking is great and once the carnival leaves town, up go the white tents for the Minks to Sinks semi-annual tag sale.
According to Trish Weber, chairwoman for the 2013 fall sale, “This sale isn’t just a win-win, it’s actually a quadruple win!”
First, she explained that everything offered at the sale comes from local residents, “It gives them a good reason to clean out their attics, closets and garages to consign or donate items they are no longer using. Without their generosity, this sale couldn’t exist.”
Second, this year the organization is 194 members strong—an all time high. The volunteers all admit that they reap a big benefit from taking part in helping the cause. “One of the coolest things about Minks to Sinks is the multi- generational friendships that happen under the tents,” said Kelly Weldon, who has volunteered for the last 11 years. “It is a wonderful place to meet women in their 90’s,80’s,70’s- 20’s, a great cross section of women who can dress to impress and schlep in the dust like none other. When Minks first got started we donated the proceeds to orphanages. We have not seen orphanages in many decades. That is a sign of how long we have been together doing these sales.”
Weber agreed. “It’s so great to see women of all ages working together to pull off this momentous task. These women are willing to pull up their sleeves and get dirty for a good cause.”
She outlined a third win: how the sale provides hundreds of shoppers with bargains on everything from sinks, household items, furniture, luggage, garden tools, kids toys, bicycles, sports equipment, seasonal clothing and, of course, one or two minks. “It’s the ultimate recycling effort. Shoppers include young adults furnishing their first apartment, new families with infants picking up an extra stroller, and treasure hunters looking for a big score. It’s so rewarding to see all this stuff go to good use rather than get tossed out.”
Finally and most importantly, Minks to Sinks raises money for a worthy cause. “We are proud to announce that since 1973, we have raised $2.5 million dollars for Family & Children’s Agency,” according to Minks to Sinks treasurer, Yolanda Bonomo. FCA is the Norwalk-based non-profit agency that provides much needed social services to individuals and families in need in the surrounding communities.
The fall Minks to Sinks sale runs from Saturday, Oct. 5 through Monday, Oct. 7. Consignments and donations will be accepted at the Minks to Sinks site at the intersection of School Rd. and Rt. 7 in Wilton on Tuesday, Oct. 1 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 2 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.; and Thursday, Oct. 3 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.. People wishing to consign or donate items are encouraged to go to the Minks to Sinks website, at www.minkstosinks.info, to review the list of items accepted for consignment or donation, before bringing their merchandise to the tents. The Minks to Sinks sale opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 5. Bargain days are Sunday, Oct. 6 from noon – 4 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. – noon.