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‘Let’s get Buddhist and lighten our loads’: Florence yard sale to benefit charity

Stop by Florence on Saturday and you can take care of all of that.

Betsy Wolfson, 64, is organizing the sale that she hopes will help people get rid of unwanted items and raise a few hundred dollars for a charity that will be determined by people who make purchases.

“Let’s get Buddhist and lighten our loads,” she said.

Wolfson is in the process of collecting donations that will be offered in a “name your own price” yard sale.

When people buy something, Wolfson said, they will be asked to recommend a charity or other philanthropic organization to benefit.

The organization with the most votes at the end of the day gets the money. In the event of a tie, the proceeds will be split, Wolfson said.

“It’s a democratic way to decide where the money would go,” Wolfson said.

Wolfson, who said she’s run and participated in many yard sales, said the decision to let people to name their price came out of an intense dislike of tagging items.

“I really hate pricing stuff,” she said.

If people know the money is going to charity, she said, they may decide to pay a little more than they would if the money was only going to her.

“I’m letting their conscience be their guide,” Wolfson said. “I’m trusting that folks who don’t have much will give what they can and folks who have more will also give what they can.”

Wolfson said she’s come up with a few organizations that may benefit from the sale, including the Dakin Animal Shelter, Northampton Survival Center and Safe Passage. People are free to recommend other organizations.

Wolfson said any unsold items will be donated to an appropriate organization like Goodwill, the Salvation Army or the Hospice Shop in Northampton.

Donations of sale items are being accepted and can be delivered to 103 Oak St., Florence, which is where the sale will be held.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Wolfson at 413-320-1721.

The sale is scheduled for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the event of rain, the sale will be held on Sunday at the same location during the same hours.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.

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