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Angels for Animals set for big sale

CANFIELD — Angels for Animals, the nonprofit animal rescue shelter at 4750 W. South Range Road, is ready for this weekend’s 20th annual Antiques, Collectibles and Christmas Sale.

The event will take place in Angels for Animals’ Andrews Hall and will benefit the operations of the veterinarian center at Angels as well as the daily operations of the entire facility.

Angels for Animals was founded by Polly Wardle and Diane Less in 1990. In 1994, it moved from the corner of a barn into a chicken house. In 2000, the need grew and so did the nonprofit, taking over the present property — a 37-acre piece of land at West South Range Road. Today, the property houses a rental facility, a large shelter and a new veterinarian section called the Angel Wing.

While the new buildings are efficient and the shelter is run by volunteers, the need for funds to maintain the facility and its mission is still there, according to the organization. To provide for daily operations, Angels for Animals has various fundraisers throughout the year including a new car show and a gigantic garage sale at the Canfield Fairgrounds that has grown in popularity.

The Christmas sale also has become a popular annual event that is in its 20th year. Volunteer Susie Cope has been a part of it from the start.

“Over the 20 years of this sale, we have made between $6,000 to $27,000 each year,” Cope said. “It is donation driven with a focus on antiques, jewelry, Christmas decor and unique items, toys and dolls. We are hoping that with rising prices this year, more people will want to come and shop with us.”

Cope said it takes roughly 20 volunteers to set up the event. The items at the sale are donated over a very short time.

“We start collecting the week of Thanksgiving,” Angels for Animals publicist Kim Moff said. “The final day to donate was Nov. 29. This sale has a quick turnaround, opening on Friday night.”

From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, people can get an early bird entrance into the sale for $5 and purchase appetizers as well.

The sale will open9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The following weekend (Dec. 10 and 11) the sale will be held again with whatever is left. Those items will be reduced to give people one last chance to get an unusual item while supporting the mission of Angels for Animals.

Moff said any items left over are warehoused and put out during the annual Gigantic Garage Sale next year.

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