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Somers Women's Club Holds Annual Tag Sale

Leslie Austin holds a $5 piece of art she was selling. Credits: Photo by Gabrielle Bilik
Forty vendors gathered Sunday at Reis Park for the annual tag sale hosted by the Somers Women's Club Credits: Photo by Gabrielle Bilik
Ronald and Alba Thorn were visiting niece Diane Sweeting, after being evacuated from their home in Jupiter, Fla., during Hurricane Irma. They considered bringing these Chewbacca backpacks back home. Credits: Photo by Gabrielle Bilik
Vendors Jackie Ross and Caryl Stabin Credits: Photo by Gabrielle Bilik
Women's Club members Ann Harden and Rose Restucci Credits: Photo by Gabrielle Bilik
Unique finds: This gem was priced at $1. Credits: Photo by Gabrielle Bilik
"1911 Mercedes Benz," an item offered at the tag sale Credits: Photo by Gabrielle Bilik
Hopefully this little monkey found a home. Credits: Photo by Gabrielle Bilik
Vendors sold seasonally themed items like these Halloween decorations. Credits: Photo by Gabrielle Bilik
Sandy DeSena and Susan Berkow, members of the Somers Women's Club and Friends of the Somers Library. Credits: Photo by Gabrielle Bilik
The Somers Women's Club Credits: Photo by Gabrielle Bilik

SOMERS, N.Y.--Despite the near-record high temperature of 89 degrees, 40 vendors set up tables at the annual tag sale hosted by the Somers Women’s Club at Reis Park Sept. 24.

The vendors purchased space to sell traditional tag sale fare with everything from new and gently worn clothing, to sports equipment, books, housewares, art, jewelry and more. There was something for everyone who perused the aisles of the sale that day.

Leslie Austin had it all: handcrafted art works, snowshoes, bookcases, even Halloween decorations.

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“I know it’s hard to think about right now,” she joked, referring to the winter items that were juxaposed in the sweltering weather.

Some vendors packed it in a few hours early because of the heat but waited until they were almost sold out to do so.

Jackie Ross, who was shedding some vintage items, said she “loved” the experience as a first-time vendor at the event.
Others sweated it out under tents and umbrellas and took breaks under the shade of the pavilion, alternating turns manning their tables.

President of the Somers Women’s Club, Rosemary Rossomando, said the club appreciated the valiant effort put forth by everyone involved, including the several local businesses that had donated raffle prizes. Prizes included $500 in cash and gift certificates. 

The cost of their tables, in addition to raffles and bake sale proceeds, support charitable activities in the Somers area, including back-to-school clothing and supplies, holiday food and gifts for area families, and high school and summer day camp scholarships. The Somers Women’s Club also contributes to community service groups such as Support Connection, Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Shelter, Community Center of Northern Westchester and Friends of Karen.

Rossomando said the event, which is the main source of funding for the club’s charity work, benefits the community long after the registers are closed. At the end of the day, organizers try to avoid throwing away as many items as they can that were not sold. Many of the items provided by club members are collected throughout the year and are taken back home with their original owners or other members of the club.

“We invite several charities to come and take whatever they can use,” Rossomando added.

Church of the Good Shepherd and Love in Action were among the organizations invited to come. Leftover books are gifted to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. 

Returning vendors Marlene Piturro and David Isaacs, who participated last year, said they enjoy the event so much, they almost didn’t mind the heat, and are likely to return next year. They were selling an array of new and vintage jewelry for their brand, Jewels for Jingle.

“These are some of the most polite, nicest customers we’ve had anywhere,” Piturro said. “They are wonderful and that makes a huge difference.”

To learn more about the club, visit somerswomensclub.com.

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