It was Christmas in July as the Assistance League of Glendale rolled out the red and green carpet to host its annual sale of holiday-themed ornaments, books, jewelry, fabrics, crafts, formal ensembles and furs — real and otherwise. On July 21, the clubhouse was transformed into a winter playground for shoppers. Merchandise from the organization’s Thrift Alley was transferred to the larger hall for hundreds of shoppers who had no trouble filling the room between 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. — just when the kiddies are in school and mom is playing hooky from her usual chores. The sale continued for the following two days.
Event Co-Chairman Sylvia Kowal and a camera-shy Claire Collins had supervised their team of eight volunteers for approximately 60 hours. They sorted and priced the more than 1,000 items collected since January. More than 50 bins of product had arrived since the beginning of the year at Assistance League headquarters on Harvard Street, the site of the sale. Ann Chadney was charged with organizing the buttons and bows, on sale for a mere 25 cents each. Bea Wojtyla greeted shoppers. She was assisted by Margery Welker in her fire-engine red apron, easy to spot from blocks away. Also in their no-nonsense aprons were President Alma Tycer and Immediate Past President Jean Peacock, happy to pass on leadership responsibilities.