You could say Angel's Attic is almost in Judy Kauffman's DNA. She's been helping and organizing the massive sale to benefit cancer charities for around 40 years. Many family members have helped with the sale over the years and this year, Kauffman's daughter is flying in from New York to help.
"It's a huge, huge sale," said Kauffman. "The thing that is close to my heart is the [Angel Foundation] help's kids. They have support groups for kids and summer camp."
The sale has been held at numerous locations around the Twin Cities, but this year it's doubled in size to occupy the 80,000 square-foot facility that is the old Four Season's Mall. Walmart donated the space for the sale.
Each store in the mall is stocked with a certain type of good. There's a jewelry store, lawn and garden section, housewares, clothing, and even sporting goods and luggage.
"It's a very good cause and you get a good bargain at the same time," said Kauffman.
Kauffman and her co-chair Kay Melemed work year-round gathering goods that are left over from estate sales. They organize volunteers who organize the products, tag them, and get ready for the big sale.
People like Marcille Groenke come back every year to help out. Even though Marcille developed cancer herself last year, she still shows up to help out where needed.
"We need to find the answer for cancer. There's too much around," said Groenke.
The money raised goes to the Angel Foundation, a nonprofit that helps cancer patients with nonmedical expenses like rent, transporation, or food. Last year's sale raised more than $100,000 and organizers hope this year's sale brings in a similar amount.
Saturday, Oct. 13 - Wednesday, Oct. 17
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
First day admission $3; after that admission is free
Wednesday, October 17 everything is half price.
Shannon Slatton, reporting
Friday, October 12, 2012