TREASURES AT TRINITY: PREVIEW OF CHURCH’S 6TH ANNUAL THRIFT SALE

Are you an Indiana Jones of junk?

I produced a show at Maury Povich called “Found Money” – stories of people who came across treasures in unusual ways.

“THERE ARE A TERRIBLE LOT OF LIES GOING ON ABOUT THE WORLD, AND THE WORST OF IT IS THAT MOST OF THEM ARE TRUE.” [W. Churchill]… NEW “YOU SAY WHO” NOW!!!

My favorite story was about an older gentleman, Edward Jones, who went to a Salvation Army Thrift Store in Indiana and found nine dirty panels of what he said looked like brilliant watercolor on burlap.

“I bought the nine panels for three dollars,” Edward said to an unusually interested Maury.  “I knew I had something special but had no idea how special.  I call myself the Indiana Jones of junk, the finder of lost treasure.”

What Edward found was one of the three remaining engraved copies of the first accurate flat map of the world, commissioned by Louis XIV in the 17th Century.  The government of France owns one and the Library of Queen Elizabeth II owns the other.

Christie’s valued the map at a minimum of $24 million in 1997.

Treasures are definitely all over.  Come see for yourself if there are any fortunes to be found at Trinity Church’s 6th Annual Treasure and Thrift Sale this weekend – I know there is lots of good stuff.

More than 10,000 items actually, like a complete set of 22 karat gold plated flatware with all the accessories including a glam champagne bucket, a vintage aluminum Christmas tree with two color wheels, a Jean Harlow-esque bias cut satin evening dress from the 1930’s trimmed in sable donated by the amazing store Alan & Suzi and a gorgeous pile of vintage fabric.

The sale is co-organized by Asbury Park’s own lovable version of Indiana Jones, Kevin Kelly who has thrift and treasure in his blood.

“My grandmother Gigi woke me up at the crack of dawn to take me to estate sales back in Tulsa as a child,” said Kevin.  “She taught me a lot of what I know about treasures and this sale is super because you can get new treasure and see the community results from your purchase.”

Proceeds from the sale stay in Asbury Park and go directly to the various ministries of the church in addition to repairs to the almost 100 year-old historic church on Asbury Avenue at Grand Avenue.

“The money raised from the sale is secondary to what the sale itself does,” said Father David Stout.  “It gathers our congregation side by side, building relationships.  It also connects us with the wider community with people sharing in the good things happening here by donating and of course coming to buy.”

The sale, which has taken four months and 35 volunteers to organize, has a new twist this year – double the space with a boutique area for the treasures and an outdoor bazaar area for the thriftier items.

Friday evening’s preview party, with an old department store theme featuring hors du vors, wine and more gives bargain seekers the first opportunity to find their new favorite thing.

“Everything is priced to move in a few hours,” said Kevin.  “We want nothing here when the sale is done Saturday afternoon.”

Music to a treasure hunter’s ears.

The Treasure and Thrift Sale preview party Friday (Sept. 10), 7 to 9 pm, $20.  General sale is Saturday (Sept. 10), 8 am to 1 pm, free.  50/50 tickets on sale now with a chance to win up to $10,000.  TrinityNJ.com has more.

Richard@TheBPlot.com

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