Tag sale boasts gifts, collectibles, Polish food

Published on Wednesday, 5 September 2018 20:12
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN – St. Lucian’s Residence will be hosting its 25th annual fall tag sale on Sept. 8 to benefit the 42 residents that live in the facility.

“All the money from this goes to help the residents,” Chuck Kaminski, St. Lucian’s Residence volunteer, said. “We do something for the residents one way or the other, whether it’s going for lunch, which we do take them out to a restaurant, they enjoy that, trips down to the shore, if we have entertainers coming in and they need a donation, we can do that. But one way or the other the money has to go just for the residents, it’s not for repairing things or paying the electrical bill or anything like that.”

The tag sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 532 Burritt St.

Kaminski has been coordinating the tag sale since the year it began. Gail Geisel has been organizing the event along with Kaminski for the past six years.

“It’s nice to be able to give up yourself for a worthy cause,” Geisel said. “I like watching the people find a bargain and get a big smile on their face.”

The first year, the tag sale occurred in a single room, but it has expanded over the years. Now, three double garages plus around six outdoor booths are used to expose the items sold at the event.

In addition to the tag sale, there will be a pavilion hosting the “Polish Kitchen,” in which traditional Polish hot food will be sold. Homemade pierogies, babka, soup, bread, golabki, hot dogs, and hamburgers, will be included in the menu. There will be a different booth in which frozen Polish food will be sold for people to take home.

The tag sale is held twice a year, once during the spring, usually in May or June, and once in September. There were $12,000 raised in this year’s spring tag sale.

Organizers said they don’t have a goal of raising a certain amount, they just want to keep up with the tradition while giving the residents a reason to smile.

People from Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey, have joined the event on previous years.

Shoes, purses, toys, glassware, artwork, appliances, jewelry, giftware, collectible items, and Christmas and Halloween holiday items can be found in this tag sale.

“There’s some excitement, even with the residents, they look forward to it,” Mother Jennifer Carroll, President of St. Lucian’s Residence, said. The folks that come and support us, I like to be there to thank them because they’re an important part of it. Those who donate things to us, we are really appreciate that too.”

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday, 5 September 2018 20:12. Updated: Wednesday, 5 September 2018 20:15.