Glastonbury Community Tag Sale offers treasures and fun
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Tue., Jun. 11, 2013
More than 50 families set up their tables at the sixth annual Glastonbury Town and Community Tag Sale on June 9. The event was rain-delayed from June 8, but clear weather drew a steady crowd, according to the vendors. The town of Glastonbury also had several booths, including the Glastonbury Police Department's silent bicycle auction.
Many useful household items, tools, toys and antiques changed hands, as well as several hand-crafted items.
Christopher Gurshin and his wife had a table. Among their goods were some wood carvings that caught the interest of Sanju, 9, and her mother, Bindu Yadavali. “She's getting excited about those,” Yadavali said. “She loves art, and she goes to the Glastonbury Art Guild.”
Gurshin said he brought several items he had hand-crafted, including a chair. “I just brought a couple of things out that needed finishing to make them look nice,” he said. “So, I did it, and they sold right away.”
Judy Harper said she has held many of her own tag sales, and this was her first time taking part in the community tag sale. Part of the fun, for her, was asking shoppers for help identifying old tools she had brought. “I legitimately don't know what it is,” Harper said, pointing to a device that looked like it was part hammer, part crowbar.
The MOMS Club of Glastonbury also had a table, manned by several representatives, including Taheera Pinto. The group had collected several items from its members and was donating 80 percent of the proceeds to an as-yet-to-be-determined cause.
“We haven't decided yet this year who we're giving it to,” Pinto said, adding that last year's proceeds helped Purple Heart Homes put carpeting in the home for veteran Manny Jimenez. The year prior, the MOMS Club helped a girl who had medical problems. “It will be someone local,” she said.
Rachel, 11, and Anika, 6, were also helping the MOMS table by selling baked goods throughout the tag sale, also with the proceeds going to charity.
“It was a good day,” Pinto said. “This is the fifth year we're doing this, but in the past we did it at people's houses. This year, we took a table here, and it worked.”