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CMC attic sale kicks off Sept. 24

Posted: September 17, 2010 12:38 p.m.
Updated: September 17, 2010 12:35 p.m.
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Susan Field and Ellen Gordon-Creed, co-chairpersons of the Autumn Attic Sale, a benefit for the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County, admire a few of the varied items to be featured at the sale. A snowsuit just waiting to keep a little one warm this winter, a vintage record player, handbags, hats and coats are some of the offerings. The sale is set for noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 24 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 25 at the former Gifts on Broad, 1041 Broad St., next to Sam Kendall’s in downtown Camden.

Whether you’re looking for a deluxe doghouse or a designer dress, here’s betting you can find it at the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County’s Autumn Attic Sale. On the other hand, if that fabulous black suit hanging in your closet doesn’t hang on you the way it used to or that fuchsia floral teapot in your dining room doesn’t go with your new decorating scheme, you may want to donate them to the sale between Monday and Thursday afternoon.

The fundraiser will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the former Gifts on Broad, 1041 Broad St., next to Sam Kendall’s in downtown Camden.

Anyone having items to donate may do so from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday by taking them to the sale location, where volunteers will be tagging and arranging the merchandise. Contributors are asked to bring their items to the rear entrance of the building. Anyone wanting to arrange pickup for large items may call Deb McAbee, Resource Development Coordinator for the clinic, at 243-6500.

Now that you’ve cleaned out the closets and cleared off the shelves, you have more space for some great bargains that are new to you, and the Autumn Attic Sale is just the place to find them. The choices include brightly colored sandals -- still in their boxes -- from Sisters of Camden and decorative pieces for your home from Bellflower Antiques. Additionally, Camden Estate Sales has agreed to donate items not sold at one of its estate sales.

The event will feature a boutique of special items: costume jewelry, designer clothing, handbags, shoes, linens and furniture. For those record collectors out there, there is a like new vintage turntable housed in a handsome carved wood cabinet.

Also available will be a wide variety of dinnerware, small appliances, books, cookbooks, baskets, coats and hats.
The event was a big hit with shoppers last fall. Organizers are hoping to top themselves this season.

“This is going to be better than last year -- bigger and better,” said Susan Field, sale co-chairperson, who is known for her talent in displaying items artfully, or “fluffing and puffing,” as admirers say. Many volunteers will be assisting her with tagging and display, including Ellen Gordon-Creed and Carol Clarke, the other co-chairpersons.

The chairpersons and other committee members are volunteering their time and donating many of their own items to the sale benefiting the Community Medical Clinic, which provides free outpatient care and free medicine for Kershaw County residents who have no health insurance.

“It’s like a family practice clinic,” said McAbee. As resource development coordinator, she is one of the clinic’s five full-time employees. Headed by Executive Director Susan Witkowski, the staff is completed by Nurse Practitioners Kathy Moser and Susan Grumbach and Patient Assistance Program Coordinator Geraldine Carter.

Dr. Alice J. Brooks serves as both medical director and board chairperson of the clinic. Also among the approximately 200 volunteers are 30 doctors, eight dentists and a number of nurses. Numerous volunteers do such tasks as working the front desk, scheduling appointments, screening for eligibility, filing lab reports and serving on fundraising committees.

“We appreciate our volunteers. They provide staff support for the whole clinic. We always need new volunteers,” McAbee said.

Besides the onsite staff and volunteers, “there is a community network of specialists that we can refer patients to,” she adds.

Services include the Best Chance Network, breast and cervical cancer screenings; chiropractic services; diabetes education; physical therapy; and counseling for patients with short-term needs.

The clinic is located at 110 C East DeKalb Street, behind the United Way Building in Camden. The clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The clinic has approximately 1000 patients, McAbee said. “We have twice as many new patients as compared to the previous year because of the economy.” So, the success of the sale is all the more important to the nonprofit organization.

For more information on services or volunteering, call the clinic at 713-0806.

Items featured in the Autumn Attic Sale are priced to sell. Cash and credit cards will be accepted but not checks. However, if the racks and shelves aren’t bare by the end of the two-day event, the committee has a plan: “We’ll donate what’s left to Second Look and The Habitat Store,” McAbee said.

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