By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
The Murray Language Academy Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is adding a flea market to its annual rummage sale, which will take place at the school on Nov. 10. Money raised from the sale goes to providing programs and other resources for the school.
Murray’s, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., community flea market/rummage sale will take place Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.
This year the PTO is transforming its fall rummage sale into a flea market and inviting community members to buy a table and set up shop selling their own goods.
The loss of school days due to the Chicago Teachers Union strike did not leave time for the PTO to collect donations for its traditional rummage sale so the group began to search for alternatives, said Maria Jossey, vice president of special projects for the Murray PTO.
“We looked at all kinds of fundraising ideas to raise money for the school and we wanted to do something that would provide a service to our parents and the community during these trying economic times,” Jossey said. “A community flea market/rummage sale allows the community to sell their items, give exposure to independent entrepreneurs and allow the PTO to raise money for the school for programs and services.”
She said the PTO would return to its traditional rummage sale in the spring.
The cost is $60 per table and vendors can bring additional shelving if they’d like. Jossey said community members can sell all kinds of goods such as clothing, handbags, jewelry, arts and crafts, baked goods, kids clothing and DVDs.
The vendors will keep all the money from their sales and the PTO will use the money raised from table costs to help the school purchase supplies and fund new after-school programs.