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Hadley Lady Bugs ready for scarf, purse sale Saturday

  • Phyllis Pike, 80, of Amherst, holds up one of the scarfs for sale on Saturday at The Lady Bugs Women’s Club annual scarf and purse sale at the Hadley Council on Aging.

  • Phyllis Pike, 80, of Amherst, holds up one of the scarfs for sale on Saturday, April 29. GAZETTE STAFF/Jack Suntrup

  • Some of the inventory to be sold at the first purse and scarf sale sponsored by the Lady Bugs Women’s Club of Hadley on April 29. GAZETTE STAFF/Jack Suntrup



@JackSuntrup
Thursday, April 27, 2017

HADLEY — If you’ve been hunting for just the right scarf or purse, The Lady Bugs Women’s Club of Hadley might just have the answer.

The club is hosting a scarf and purse sale at the Hadley Council on Aging from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Jeanne Stolarski, a member of the club and the defacto leader of the event, said the group has collected about 700 purses and about 700 scarfs.

“We were supposed to stop getting donations last week,” she said. “We’re still getting donations.

“People have been so amazingly generous,” she said.

The purses and pocketbooks — nothing priced over $15 — feature name brands such as Coach. All proceeds go to benefit the senior center’s programming. Prices will be slashed in half at 3 p.m., but the best merchandise will only be available early, Stolarski said.

There will also be scarfs for sale at the event, at 46 Middle St.

“I’ve looked at some of them up online,” Stolarski said. “They’re worth 60, 70, hundreds of dollars if you buy them new. We have them here.”

The group will also sell raffle tickets for the highest value merchandise.

“Some of the items are just amazing — a 1949 ‘Little Women’ scarf for the movie. … and then we have a 1939 World’s Fair scarf, beaded collar, pearls and rhinestones. … a beautiful beaded purse; that’s out of the 50s,” said Stolarski, 71.

She said council members, women in their 70s and 80s, can make a difference in their community.

“We’re all in our 70s and 80s and this is an amazing thing for us to be able to do,” she said. “Elderly people do more than you think they can do. They really can make a difference.”

Phyllis Pike, 80, of Amherst, said she’s looking forward to the sale, which the club has been working on since January.

“It’s a lot of work,” she said, picking up and tagging scarfs on Monday. “It’ll be worth it in the end. It’s for the programs.”

Jack Suntrup can be reached at jsuntrup@gazettenet.com.