92 Bag Day Is Aug. 4

Noah’s Ark sum­mer clear­ance, plan to wait

Times of the Islands - - Departments - ―Jan Holly

Pop­u­lar Bag Day at Noah’s Ark on Sani­bel is Aug. 4, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. An an­nual event for the is­land thrift shop, which is op­er­ated by the Women of St. Michael’s & All An­gels Epis­co­pal Church, it at­tracts scores of cus­tomers armed with shop­ping bags pur­chased at the door for $4 each. Pa­trons shop 'til they drop on this red-let­ter day and walk away with as many items as the bags will carry.

Items too large for the bags are 80 per­cent off the reg­u­lar price. Deep re­duc­tions are also of­fered in the two weeks prior to Bag Day. Ac­cord­ing to Lee Wil­liams, chair of op­er­a­tions, so many do­na­tions come rou­tinely into the shop that mer­chan­dise is stacked against the wall, “like a moun­tain, as high as the ceil­ing. Just when we start to make progress sort­ing, the bags pile up again,” she says.

Wil­liams re­ports that up to 20 vol­un­teers are needed to han­dle the high cus­tomer vol­ume. “It is a la­bor-in­ten­sive op­er­a­tion,” she says.

Noah’s Ark pro­vides sup­port to ap­prox­i­mately 15 is­land char­i­ties, and it has joined with Epis­co­pal Re­lief and De­vel­op­ment to re­duce poverty world­wide. “We have some over­head costs―util­i­ties, trash, haul­ing and de­liv­er­ies―but be­yond that, all pro­ceeds go to char­ity,” Wil­liams says.

Bag Day marks the end of the sum­mer sea­son for Noah’s Ark. The shop is closed Aug. 5-Oct. 2 for clean­ing, re­stock­ing and re­pair, re­open­ing Oct. 3. In Novem­ber, full busi­ness hours re­sume, week­days and the first Satur­day of each month, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

De­tails about Noah’s Ark and Bag Day are at 239-472-2173/ saint­michaels-sani­bel.org. The church is at 2304 Peri­win­kle.

Bag Day pro­ceeds will help sup­port South­west Florida non­profit groups.

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