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Paying for the reunion - Fundraising Flea Markets, rummage and garage sales

What reunion doesn’t need money? There are many ways to raise money if you don’t just divide all your costs and assess everyone equally. Consider some of these ideas and share your ideas with our readers. E-mail us.

Creative Toomer fundraiser

Flea market sales are a source of funds for the Toomer Family Reunion. Throughout the month of May they reserve a table at the Berlin, New Jersey, Farmer’s Market. They accept donations of items to sell and, obviously, the more they have, they more money they make. Family members are asked to donate items or donate time working the table. In the past, popular items for sale include costume jewelry, clothing, shoes and cute knickknacks. One year someone donated a kitchen sink. It turned out to be a hot item. People bid on it all day.Shamele C. Jordon, Lindenwold, New Jersey, says they have a great time at the flea market and much of their sales are buying each other’s stuff.

Having a warm sunny spring day and lots of stuff to look at helps make a flea market trip worthwhile. These shopping Toomers are (l-r) Marianne Reid Cole, Renee Clayton, Patricia Toomer Washington, Catherine Toomer Williams.  

Mexia Class of '99 holds garage sale fundraiser

People look through items for sale at Class of '99 Garage Sale.

“The class garage sale was a huge success!” wrote Lindsay Liepman Spinetto, Mexia, Texas, High School Class of 1999 Reunion Committee President. Items for sale included furniture, baby items, clothing, cakes and much more. Classmates as far away as Missouri and Florida sent items to sell. The class is also accepting donations through their website. The class raised more than $500 toward the cost of their ten-year reunion in September.

Lindsay continued, “We know times are tough and we don't want that to cause classmates to stay home. The goal of our Reunion Committee is to raise enough money so we don't have to charge a ticket price. Other fundraisers planned include selling temporary tattoos of our Mascot Logo. We've already made $100 in one week of sales. We're also selling t-shirts.”

Planning began in January and the class garage sale was Angela McCreight Guzman's idea. She opened her home and encouraged everyone to donate items to sell. We got started bright and early at 7 AM on a Saturday. People from the community came out to buy items and support the class. Angela's family also baked cakes and goodies to sell. Besides raising money, the classmates who helped run the garage sale also got to see each other after many years away. It was a successful event.

Mexia, Texas, is a small town 90 miles south of Dallas. There were 131 people in the Class of 1999. The reunion theme is "Party like it’s 1999." They have a Friday night party, Saturday Open House at the school and a barbecue picnic at Old Ft. Parker.

They hope to pump thousands of dollars into the local economy and provide a weekend full of events at no individual cost to each alum. The class also hopes to raise enough money to make a donation to the Mexia Schools Museum.

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