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I was “wowed” last week when I went downtown to talk with Peggy Patrick about the fundraiser she is planning for June. The transformation from the May 15 craft fair to the fundraiser was remarkable.
It was evident that Peggy had been extremely busy since the craft fair, making sure that everything was in place for the four-day secondhand sale, a fundraiser, scheduled for Wednesday, June 9 – Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day at 323 Chestnut St. (the former Bootery building) in Virginia.
Picture this: All the donated glassware and glass trinkets sparkled on newly painted shelves, all the dolls were placed neatly in a row, all the clothes were ironed, and all the paintings and artworks were creatively hung on the walls. And numerous donations still need to be priced and placed.
“I am beyond grateful to the people who donated,” Peggy said of the items that have been rolling in for the sale. “I get emotional just thinking about the generosity of the community.” Even two of Peggy’s sisters, who live in different states, donated to the sale.
According to Peggy, 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale will go to the MPN Research Foundation, a nonprofit with a single goal: Stimulate original research in pursuit of new treatments—and eventually a cure—for a group of blood cancers collectively known as myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). It is a cause that is near and dear to Peggy’s heart. Her 47-year-old son was diagnosed six years ago with a type of bone cancer.
Several people have helped Peggy with the preparation. “Carol Sundquist has done a lot for me,” Peggy said. “She also has done a great job promoting this event.”
Carol’s brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Paulette Pfremmer, have helped Peggy too. “Their expertise in estate sales and real estate has come in handy when pricing items for the sale,” Peggy said.
Linda Bozich, who is retired after many years working at Herberger’s, has helped Peggy price the clothing items. She also created many of the fun signs publicizing the event. “She is fabulous,” Peggy said of Linda.
“It’s all about my son and raising funds for MPN,” Peggy said about the sale. Keeping the downtown active and her store windows filled with creativity are also important to Peggy. “It’s my happy place.”
After the four-day fundraiser, the secondhand sale will continue on Tuesdays (beginning June 15) and Saturdays in June and July. Times to be determined. Peggy hinted that she may continue it in the fall.
Peggy and her husband Glenn, owners of the building, are retired. They live on Sand Lake in Britt. “We love downtown,” Peggy said. “We want to keep it active and thought this sale could help promote the downtown businesses as well.”
Before I met Peggy, I had heard from Carol Sundquist that she is “the loveliest, nicest person you can meet.” Carol was right. I enjoyed getting to know Peggy and seeing all the donations that people had made to the sale.
After we talked for a bit, much like old friends, it was time for Peggy to get back to work … cleaning and making things “perfect” for the sale.
You’ll want to see all the great donations for yourself—Wednesday, June 9 – Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day at 323 Chestnut St. (the former Bootery building) in Virginia. The preferred method of payment for the fundraiser is cash. Credit cards will not be accepted.
For more information or if you would like to make a donation, call Peggy Patrick at 218-780-5895.
Jill Pepelnjak, HTF editorial assistant and staff writer, lives in Virginia.