Atlanta’s savviest shoppers and bargain hunters can find what they’re looking for at The Sandy Springs Society’s 28th annual Tossed Out Treasures sale March 22-23. This upscale market has a new site, the old Michaels location in Perimeter Pointe shopping center, 1155 Mt. Vernon Highway. It has been at different locations in the past.
The sale is the ultimate treasure hunting experience, with bargains on such items as gently-used, high-end home décor, jewelry, silver, crystal, sports meorabilia, art, furniture, women’s and men’s clothing, children’s toys and furniture.
An exclusive preview party, “BBQ in the Springs” buffet and auction, is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 21, where shoppers can be the first to browse and buy while enjoying dinner, beer, wine, and a silent auction.
The Sandy Springs Society charity imagined the upscale resale event in 1992 to raise money for the society’s community causes, while repurposing a variety of household goods.
Items are donated by members of the 300-plus society and the community at large. Since then, it has become the longest-running society fundraiser and a highly anticipated community event with thousands of high-end items.
“All of the funds raised, 100 percent, go back to the Sandy Springs community,” said Rita Bodner, Tossed Out Treasures chairwoman. “We have funded more than 25 nonprofit organizations through the society’s philanthropic grant programs and are very proud of the overwhelming response that has evolved for this event from the community.”
The society, formed in 1988, has grown to more than 300 members and has raised more than $3.75 million to fund its annual grants benefiting the Heritage Sandy Springs and other nonprofits. The society promotes the arts, heritage, education, environment and social services in Sandy Springs.
“The high quality of donated items always draws huge interest from our shoppers, as everything is offered at unbelievable prices,” Bodner said. “Traditionally, there is a line outside the door before the event opens with returning patrons from all over Georgia and neighboring states.”
Two experienced shoppers weigh in on why this is event is so special.
“Tossed Out Treasures is like a scavenger hunt on steroids!” said Jan Collins, a founding member of the society. “Through the years I have personally found and bought everything from a ‘real’ classic Chanel handbag to a Gucci evening jumpsuit, to an 8-foot-long blue fiberglass cow from Cows on Parade. The fun is in the find!”
Society member Robyn Spizman Gerson echoed those sentiments.
“Tossed out Treasures is a treasure trove for bargain shoppers. It raises important funds benefiting meaningful causes. This yearly fundraiser is a ‘tried and true’ credit to the nonprofit communities in need. It’s a ‘can’t miss’ bargain hunter’s dream, so be sure to be the first in line! One woman I saw last year outfitted her entire playroom with ‘like new’ current toys, including a Barbie DreamHouse, then filled her closet with gently-used designer dresses and handbags.”
If you have items to donate, drop-off dates at the venue are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 5-9, March 11-14 and March 16. Donated items are tax deductible.
Limited Preview Party tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door, available through www.sandyspringssociety.org or the society’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TheSandySpringsSociety.
Tickets for the early bird sale, 8 to 10 a.m. March 22, are $10. The main event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22-23, is free and open to the public.