Last week I had the joy of working at a huge fabric and yarn sale. This sale is an annual event organized by the Ujamaa Grandmas. The organization works to raise funds and awareness for the tens of thousands of African grandmothers who are struggling to raise their orphaned grandchildren. The first 2 days that I volunteered it was to help with the sale set up. The third day I worked a shift during the sale. It was all a lot of fun. Let me explain a few things about the event.
1. Everything offered for sale has been donated.
2. All the work is done by volunteers.
3. The money raised goes to a great cause.
4. Nothing goes to waste.
I had to take photos of the event because everything about it was so unbelievable. It was incredible that mountains of boxes and bags of donations could be turned into an impressive organized “pop-up” fabric and yarn shop. This is some of the chaos at the beginning, when it looked like a garage sale nightmare. Organization was swift and continual for 3 days. Through the diligence and work of the volunteers, things started to shape up. Shelving units were constructed with apple boxes and packing tape. Look how sparse the main room was at the beginning, compared to a couple of days later.
Finally, it was showtime. I have a few more photos of the aftermath but having a bit of trouble getting them to my computer. I’ll post them as soon as I get things working. Stay tuned to read about the success of the sale!