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Sweep up great bargains, support local charities at weekend sale

If you'd like to save a little money on that Valentine's Day present, there's a sale going on this weekend you'd probably like.

The Junior League of Tyler is hosting their bi-annual Spring Sweep sale this Saturday at Harvey Hall in Tyler.

"Spring Sweep is where the Junior League of Tyler loads up their best bargains, brings them here for great deals for the public, and then everyone benefits afterwards because we give the funds that we raise back into the community to the agencies that we serve," said Holly Hightower, the Junior League's Chairperson for Spring Sweep.

It's definitely a rummage sale -- Harvey Hall is full of furniture, clothing, toys, electronics, appliances, and decorative items just waiting for a new home. And what's best, the event serves as a major fundraiser for several local charities, including Habitat for Humanity.

"Typically we have this every 2 years, and the reason so, we contribute to the Women's Build with Habitat for Humanity, so in essence we are building a home in a one day sale," Hightower said.

"Junior League has sponsored 8 houses thus far. This house right behind me is Eileen Saucerman's house, and this was the eighth house that Junior League built," said Deanna Harrison, Habitat for Humanity's Director of Development.

Harrison calls the Junior League a perfect partnership for the Women Build project and for the Tyler community.

"The Junior League does so much for so many organizations in our community. And so obviously, the more money that Spring Sweep brings in, the more money the Junior League has to give out to organizations to support our community," she said.

It does promise to be a good time of shopping and bargain hunting.

"For me, Saturday morning is like going to a rock concert that you've been waiting weeks for, or maybe like lining up for American Idol. It just feels that way. Everybody's pumped, they've been up, they're just waiting to come in," Hightower said.

But to Hightower and the Junior League, Spring Sweep is more than just offering a good deal.

"We're able to touch lives in ways that we normally wouldn't be able to," she said.

While Saturday's rummage sale is the main event here this weekend, you can also help the Junior League support some local charities on Friday during their role model lunch, where staffers of the various charities put on a fashion show to benefit their organizations.

Then, on Saturday, the sale starts at 8 am and lasts until 2 pm. It costs $3 at the door, but that ticket will get you in as many times as you need to -- no outside bags or strollers allowed.

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