Minks to Sinks gears up for fall sale

As sure as the leaves begin to fall, the tents that house Minks to Sinks, Wilton’s semi-annual tag sale, begin to rise.

According to Trish Weber, chairwoman for the 2013 fall sale, “This sale isn’t just a win-win, it’s actually a quadruple win!”

First, she explains that everything offered at the sale comes from local residents. “It gives them a good reason to clean out their attics, closets and garages to consign or donate items they are no longer using,” she said. “Without their generosity, this sale couldn’t exist.”

Second, this year the organization is 194 members strong, an all-time high. “It’s so great to see women of all ages working together to pull off this momentous task,” she said. “These women are willing to pull up their sleeves and get dirty for a good cause.”

Third, it provides hundreds of shoppers with bargains on everything from sinks, household items, furniture, luggage, garden tools, kids’ toys, bicycles, sports equipment, seasonal clothing and, of course, one or two minks. “It’s the ultimate recycling effort,” Ms. Weber said. “Shoppers include young adults furnishing their first apartment, new families with infants picking up an extra stroller, and treasure hunters looking for a big score. It’s so rewarding to see all this stuff go to good use rather than get tossed out.”

Finally, and most importantly to the organization, Minks to Sinks raises money for a worthy cause. “We are proud to announce that since 1973, we have raised $2.5 million for Family & Children’s Agency,” said Minks to Sinks Treasurer Yolanda Bonomo. Family & Children’s Agency (familyandchildrensagency.com) is the Norwalk-based nonprofit agency that provides social services to individuals and families in need in the surrounding communities.

The fall Minks to Sinks sale runs from Saturday, Oct. 5 through Monday, Oct. 7. Consignments and donations will be accepted at the Minks to Sinks site at the intersection of School Road and Route 7 in Wilton on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 10 to 2; Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 10 to 2, and 4 to 6; and Thursday, Oct. 3, from 10 to 2.

People wishing to consign or donate items are encouraged to visit the Minks to Sinks website, minkstosinks.info, to review the list of items accepted for consignment or donation before bringing their merchandise to the tents.

The Minks to Sinks sale opens at 9 on Saturday morning, Oct. 5. Bargain days are Sunday, Oct. 6, from noon to 4; and Monday, Oct. 7, from 9 to noon.