Customers find bargains at Bloomingdeals

More than 600 folks turned out for a Saturday morning of bargain shopping during the Junior Service League of Maryville’s inaugural Bloomingdeals sale.

Shoppers got deals on donated, gently-used items that included everything from clothing, household and kitchen items to furniture and electrics. The event was a fundraiser for the Junior Service League Toys for Blount County program and was held in the former offices of the Good Samaritan Clinic at 116 Chantilly Lane in Maryville.

Katherine Caputo and Kelly Holiday chaired the event and Kyndra Brewer and Andrea May served as co-chairs.

“What a successful weekend we had! It was amazing. I am so happy with how it turned out. It exceeded our expectations,” Caputo said. “We had over 600 people come through on Saturday and we brought in a total of $7,000.”

Caputo said expenses for the event were less than $1,000, which meant a good profit for the Toys for Blount County program that provides toys to less fortunate Blount County children during the holidays. “That is amazing for our first go at it.”

Amanda Stone, president of Junior Service League of Maryville, praised those who organized the Bloomingdeals sale. The event replaced the Pirates, Princesses and Pals spring fundraiser breakfast the JSL had done in previous years. The other major fundraiser is the annual Christmas breakfast.

“It was a great event. It was very well attended, despite the rainy weather,” said Stone. “It just came together fabulously. I think it allowed us to reach out to folks we don’t normally reach at the fundraising breakfast. We were able to help the community by having this sale. Based on comments I heard, I would hope we would do it again.”

Caputo recognized May for her efforts in making the event happen. “I want to give a big ‘shout out’ to Andrea May. She stepped up. She was the rock of this whole production, and she deserves ‘mucho’ credit,” Caputo said. “She took the lead in getting this done. I’m very proud of her.”

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