Palm Coast, FL (April 27, 2021) Fancy a new red hat? They have them. Rolls of wrapping paper? Those too. A summer romance novel or the one of the classics? Rows of them.

Heather Thompson leaves with a hat and umbrella for an upcoming Kentucky Derby event, during the Elks Lodge 2709 three day rummage sale starting on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

Hosting their annual 3-day rummage sale, with 120 women in their group, the Elks 2709 Auxiliary Women don’t play around when it comes to providing the community with bargains while raising money for their lodge along with the state’s Florida Elks Children’s Therapy program and the Harry Anna trust fund according to president Georgia Hall.

A seven year member of the local organization, she said there are lodges all over the state that lend a hand.

“We all contribute to (the Harry Anna trust fund helping to support) the camp for underprivileged children and the physical therapists that go out and service the children, for families that cannot pay,” she said.

Collecting items throughout the year for the big sale, event co-chair Beverley Kronen is no nonsense about the whole affair and when she and co-chair Ilse Wilhelm put out the call for volunteers to prep and set up, many hands made light work.

“This year we had quite a few women help us,” shared Kronen. “Within one day they had this whole thing set up. They did a fantastic job this year.”

Scanning the newly renovated ballroom of the Elks Club, it’s a testament to where the fundraising in past years has gone. New carpet, new curtains and freshly painted walls, the women of the Elks keep a tidy house, so to say.

“Yes we are,” said Hall. “They can’t do without us.”

The sale continues Wednesday and Thursday of this week, and shoppers headed in early on Tuesday morning to get some of the best picks from the ladies’ purses and shoes in the boutique, fine and costume jewelry, clothes to fit every size and budget, along with home décor, and sports equipment.

Diane Oros finds a treasure for 50 cents at the Elks Lodge 2709 three day rummage sale starting on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

A member since 2007, Kronen loves co-chairing the event and helping the community.

“I really enjoy the camaraderie, the women here and doing functions like this,” said Kronen.

The Elks Club Lodge 2709 is located at 53 Old Kings Road, in Palm Coast. Doors open at 8 am Wednesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 29.

Featured Photo: The ladies in charge. Event co-chairs Beverley Kronen, Ilse Wilhelm are joined by Elks Lodge 2709 Ladies Auxiliary President Georgia Hall, during the Elks Lodge 2709 three day rummage sale starting on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

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