Photo by Curt Yeomans
Quilts and Fixins owner Jeanne Lowery (left) writes up a customer's receipt at her store's annual Clayton County Humane Society Quilt Sale fund-raiser on Saturday.
Hundreds of quilts, bags, clothes, and houseware items that were made to benefit the Clayton County Humane Society proved to be the proverbial hot cakes over the weekend, selling quickly during a fund-raiser for the animal adoption group.
The quilts alone were stacked six-deep on tables in the Quilts and Fixins store in Jonesboro when its annual Humane Society Quilt Sale fund-raiser began at 9 a.m., on Saturday, according to store owner Jeanne Lowery. All of the stacks were down to being only one quilt-deep each nearly an hour later, and more than half of the dozen quilts for sale that had been hung on the store’s walls were also gone.
And, there were still another seven hours to go in the sale.
“We opened the doors [at 9 a.m.] and there were a slew of people waiting to get in,” Lowery said. “There were so many people in here right after the doors opened that you couldn’t move in this room [where the quilt sale took place].”
The eighth annual quilt sale turned out to be a boon for the local Humane Society, as it netted approximately $13,000, which will be given to the Jonesboro-based animal adoption to help cover its operating expenses.
“It certainly helps us out,” said Clayton County Humane Society Vice-President Robin Rawls. “Our three big fund-raisers every year are our two yard sales, and the quilt sale, but the quilt sale has jumped out way ahead of the yard sales in terms of how much money it makes. It’s definitely where a majority of our fund-raising money comes from.”
Several animal lovers, such as Ellenwood resident Kathy Cartwright, came to buy armfuls of quilts and other items early in the sale. Cartwright, who owns a rescue dog, said she has provided foster care to dogs in need of a permanent home in the past, and also helps take local rescue dogs to foster homes in other parts of Georgia.
She bought a couple of quilts for herself and friends, as well as a doggie bone-shaped Christmas stocking and a Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) collar scarf for her dog, a Maltese named Louie the Fourteenth.
“I just love animals,” Cartwright said. “I think this sale that they are doing is a great thing for the animals.”
About 35 quilts, and a few dozen hand bags, place mats, animal collar scarves, table runners, clothing and some University of Georgia and Georgia Tech items were all that was left over when the sale wrapped up on Saturday. Lowery said she will continue selling them this week, though, with all the proceeds from the leftover items still going to the local Humane Society chapter.
The items can be found at Quilts and Fixins, located at 7986 North Main Street, in Jonesboro. Call (770) 472-0015 for additional information about the remaining items.