Citadel Women's Club's annual garage sale can offer bargains
These days, people are cutting back on shopping at designer stores, going on big vacations and eating at fancy restaurants. They still want to shop, though, and are searching for good bargains.
Saving a little bit of money can be easy — you just have to know where to look. One place you can find good bargains is the 14th annual Citadel Women's Club garage sale on Saturday.
The Citadel Women's Club was founded in 1950 by faculty wives. It promoted social involvement between the faculty and staff families, hosted events to encourage an active campus community and provided volunteer opportunities for its members. Through fundraising events, it earned money to use as scholarships awarded to cadets.
The idea for the garage sale started when Col. John S. Carter, who is head of the department of health, science and sports science and an ombudsmen at the military college, and a few women from the club noticed cadets throwing away barely used items at the end of the school year. The next year, when cadets started to clean out their barracks, club members asked them to donate the items, and the tradition began.
All profits from the garage sale will be put toward the John S. Carter Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was established on Sept. 9, 1994 by the Citadel Women's Club and was first awarded in 1996. The club raises profits for this scholarship through cookbook sales, the garage sale and other events throughout the year.
To qualify for the scholarship, cadets must have a minimum 2.7 grade-point average, be a U.S. citizen and have attended The Citadel for three semesters. The Citadel Women's Club Scholarship Committee awards an average of 15 scholarships a year, though they gave 13 in the 2008-09 school year.
The amount of each scholarship is different for the cadets considered. In the past 13 years, more than 100 cadets have benefited from the scholarships.
According to club President English Preston, this year's sale has collected more merchandise than ever before, resulting in large amounts of clothes, furniture and up to 200 cases of books.
The sale will be held 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Altman Athletic Center at Johnson Hagood Stadium. All Citadel faculty, staff and students are allowed a sneak peek 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today. Merchandise will fill the first floor of the athletic center and the south end of the West Side concourse under the football grandstands. Bargain hunters will find rooms of clothing for men, women and children, along with furniture, books, electronics, linens, shoes, etc. Inventory is donated by faculty, staff, students and various businesses around the Lowcountry.
For more information, go to www.news.citadel.edu.