A bargain is hard to resist, and so is the cause for which members of a Houston Harvey Relief Group are hosting a massive clothing sale in the Heights on April 13 and 14.
After Hurricane Harvey, Heights resident Viula Torgerson was looking for ways to help those Houstonians most affected. She connected with fellow doers online who have been concentrating their efforts in Northeast Houston where Torgerson says about 70 percent of the housing stock was affected and lower income families have been hardest hit.
First were the food drives, including one for fresh fruit and produce. Although clothing wasn’t a major need of residents at first, because people were displaced with nowhere to store things, the relief group started collecting for them. With three drop off areas, and a lot of generous people, there was an outpouring of response, and stuff.
Torgerson and fellow volunteers sorted through the bags and boxes to pull together 10,000 pieces of the most pristine pieces which were offered at a free pop up store at the East Houston Civic Club in early March. Torgerson said that 52 families were referred to the store.
“We had store rolling racks and the jewelry on display,” said Torgerson. “[It] let them really rebuild their wardrobe for work and school.”
Everything was not distributed however. And that’s where this weekend’s event comes in. Torgerson, Andrea Greer, Kim Lopez and Emily Freedman are offering the extras at a sale located at 4010 Pineridge Street.
Basic brands like Gap, Old Navy, and LOFT as well as higher end pieces from Boden, Anthropologie and Nordstrom brands, and even designer duds from Eileen Fisher, Tory Burch, and St John are part of the offerings.
“People donated some really beautiful things,” said Torgerson, who said she’s using the pricing structure of threadUP and Buffalo Exchange as guides on how to price the clothing for sale. “I’ll probably do a little heavier discount.”
The hosts hope to make as much as $4,000 which they plan to use to buy books for up to four schools in the northeast area. The goal is to provide 400 to 500 books to each school.
“The intention had been to do a book drive after the clothing drive was completed but with so much left over and so much of it in great condition and beautiful, we realized we can sell much of it and use the money to buy books that are needed and are specific to that community,” said Torgerson.
Aside from the satisfaction of helping out fellow Houstonians, Torgerson also looks forward to the depletion of her own storage unit, which she had rented to house all the donations. Of course, it may soon be full of books.
The sale is Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit ‘Women’s Clothing Sale! For on-going Harvey Relief efforts’ on Facebook.