Marietta club prepping for weekend sale

MARIETTA – The Zonta Club of Marietta’s semi-annual Unique Boutique gently used clothing sale doesn’t start until Friday, but bargains are already being hunted.

Club Vice President Sharon Coffman and event chairwoman Karen Griemsmann excitedly unwrapped a set of donated clothes Monday and found a suit jacket and skirt still bearing a tag that showed a retail value of $540 and a sale price of $405.

“I have myself bought some beautiful, almost brand-new Coldwater Creek” jackets at previous sales, Griemsmann said. “You can get very high-quality clothes at a very low price.”

One year, Coffman paid $20 for a pair of outfits she later found out sold for about $800.

“I wear them to work and everyone thinks I bought them” new, she laughed.

Prices for clothes, accessories and more range from 50 cents to $10 at the sale.

Finding good clothes at a low price is just one of the goals of the Unique Boutique, scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the vacant retail space next door to Tractor Supply Company in Marietta’s Frontier Shopping Center. It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the local Zonta group, part of a global organization working to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. The fall sale has a goal of earning $3,000, Zonta member Desni Crock said, with proceeds going toward scholarships for non-traditional female students returning to college.

“I love the idea of ‘clean out your closet’ and getting the clothes from the community and just re-selling them for a community organization,” Griemsmann said.

The group collects clothes year-round and stores them between spring and fall sales. They’re also accepting clothing donations at the sale site from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening through Thursday.

The sale runs from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, then resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday.

“At 12 (noon), we start the bag sale, where they can get a bag and fill it up with everything they want,” Coffman said, noting big bags are $5, while smaller ones are $3.

Griemsmann said the organization in the past gave items that didn’t sell to the Salvation Army, but with the closing of the thrift shop in Marietta, Zonta is looking for a new organization to which to donate. Interested organizations can contact her at 434-5627.