Last Updated on April 7, 2022

Treasure Sale

The Treasure Sale is operated and managed by resident volunteers under the direction of the Philanthropy Department. Participation in the Treasure Sale is open to all residents. There are also opportunities all year to shop the various Treasure Stores on campus that sell furniture, ladies clothing and household items. See Treasure Sale/Stores for more information and current news.

Donations to the Treasure Sale are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Treasure Sale Pickups Resume May 16

Treasure Sale has resumed pickups, accepting donations of clean, gently used clothing, small household items, electronics, and appliances.

Start date: Monday, May 16, 2022

Please call: 410-737-8838 x8124 or 601-8124.
• Leave a message with your name, apt. address, phone number, and what you are donating.
• A Treasure Sale volunteer will try to return your call for a pickup time within 24 – 48 hours.

For furniture donations: Call 410-737-8892.
Please do not leave any items outside the Treasure Sale sorting rooms.

Have Your Own Boutique Shopping Party with a Friend … and Find a Treat

My niece, Julie, and I treated ourselves to a private shopping “party” at the Ladies’ Boutique last week when she drove up from Alexandria for a visit. And we found some wonderful treats during our Auntie/Niece shopping spree. Shop Co-Captain Peggy Romenesco took excellent care of us, staying out of our way when we just wanted to browse, but being right there to bring out the goods when we expressed an interest in something special.

Three of the numerous beautiful scarves that have come through the door over the past couple of weeks were silk (one hand-screened in Lyon, France), and three were from the Wearable Art by Bob Mackie for QVC collection. Julie loved the big, beautiful “Broadway Melody” with its black background and colorful showgirls, and took it home with her! Auntie favored the long brown and gold patterned beauty with a whimsical giraffe’s head on either end, but left it in the shop for someone else to love and enjoy. Also currently in the shop is a brand-new, never-worn 100% merino hand-beaded wrap purchased from its maker on the Amalfi Coast. This beauty will perk up your cruise-wear wardrobe and invite lots of compliments for an unbelievable price.

Julie is a collector of purses, and was beside herself when she found a gorgeous vintage brown “croc embossed” Brahmin handbag. Brahmin bags (brahmin handbags – Bing – Shopping) generally start at $145.00 and up … and up. But Julie paid less than half that price. We also ferreted out a very smart looking Kate Spade bag kate spade purses – Bing images for my great-niece, Lydia, for a very, very nice price. (These little gems start at around $129.00, or $89.00 at Outlet stores.) The shop also had a sweet little rainbow-colored Kate Spade handbag that I think I may go back and buy for my granddaughter … it’s perfect for a mature 10-year-old with excellent taste … and so is the price. These beauties were just the start of the shop’s current beauutiful collection of designer bags … Michael Kors and Coach, as well as the Brahmins and Kate Spades … and Vera Bradley lovers will find a good selection of her colorful bags in stock.

Thanks to our generous Charlestown friends and neighbors the boutique now has a fabulous collection of springtime tops and jackets, and is sending shoppers out the door with complete outfits perfect for springtime concerts, parties, luncheons and wedding for a fraction of what they would pay at the Mall. Many of these ensembles are created for their wearers by Ms. Romenesco, who has an uncanny ability to “read” her customer and somehow find exactly what they want from the shelves and racks of our own Charlestown Shopping Mecca!

Come on in and buy yourself a treat, or let us help you choose something for an uncoming event. And if you’ve recently cleaned out your closet and find you have more warm weather clothes than you can wear in a season, choose some pretty things to bring in and donate when you come!

Charlestown’s Ladies’ Boutique, on the Terrace Level of Herbert’s Run, is open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (We will be closed on May 3 and 10th, due to the Nay 5, 6 and 7 Treasure Sale.) You never know what you might find, and the prices are phenomenal. Watch this column and MyErickson Daily Happenings for notices of special boutique events and services — and come see us in 2022!!

Dayle Dawes

Ladies Boutique Is Seeking Donations of New or Nearly New Clothing

Donate Your Unworn Goodies to the
Ladies Boutique And Benefit Us All

Is re-visiting your closet part of your spring cleaning ritual?  Well, this year, do your seasonal review with an eye toward finally downsizing, and donate some of the nicest pieces you never wear or had forgotten you owned to the Ladies Boutique.

Shoppers are flocking to the shop (some come in every week!) and thanks to them, the Boutique made a very significant four-digit contribution to Charlestown’s causes, including our vital Benevolent Care Fund, in the first quarter of 2022.

However, our spring flock of enthusiastic shoppers has had a downside, of sorts.  With Treasure Sale donations on hold, the shop’s inventory is beginning to suffer … the “good stuff” is popular and flying out the door … but very little new merchandise is coming into the shop!

If you’ve enjoyed shopping at the Boutique, think how wonderful (and cathartic) it could be to choose some of the best spring and summer pieces you haven’t worn in years from your own closet and donate them to be purchased and enjoyed by others!!

Ask yourself if you really need 60 tops (enough so that you could wear a different top every day for two months!).  How are you ever going to find the time to wear every one of those 23 pairs of white pants (in a wide range of sizes)?  Why are you holding on to that fabulous cache of size 6 clothing when you’ve been a size 10 for eight years???  And conversely, now that you’ve reduced your profile to a size 12, why are you holding on to your 1X wardrobe?? (It may be gorgeous … but let’s face it, it’s taking up lots of space, and you never really want to wear that size again.)

So, gather up your top-end goodies, give them a run through the washer and dryer if they need freshening up, and bring them to the Ladies Boutique on any Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  While you’re there, look around and maybe have a chat with a neighbor.  You may decide to come back week after week yourself, to see what’s new to you at a price that is ridiculous and that supports Charlestown’s Benevolent Care Fund as well.

It’s a win-win, Baby!

Charlestown’s Ladies Boutique, on the Terrace Level of Herbert’s Run, is open every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The inventory is ever-changing, and the prices are phenomenal.  Watch this NEWS column and MyErickson Daily Happenings for notices of special boutique events and services.

Dayle Dawes