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By BY CAROLINA ASTRAIN - CASTRAIN@VICAD.COM
Jan. 30, 2013 at 2:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Jessica Hanson prices items that will be sold at the Junior League of Victoria Spring Sweep rummage sale  at the National Guard Armory.

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: Spring Sweep Junior League Garage Sale

•  WHEN: 8 a.m.-noon Friday and Saturday

• WHERE: 106 E. Mockingbird Lane, Victoria

•  COST: Free, raffle tickets $5

Decluttering the apartment is one my favorite weekend pastimes.

Now that your holiday garlands are packed away in cardboard in the attic, take the time re-evaluate your home aesthetics.

How much do you really love the lamp on your living room end table?

Maybe after some digging at an area rummage sale, your affections for old mainstays will shrink to a withering fancy.

In the past, I've written about the lack of closure that comes with our short, monochromatic seasons in South Texas.

But just because I can't change things on the outside, doesn't mean I don't have control of the interior of my hearth.

Wake up early Friday and Saturday and head out to the Junior League of Victoria's annual rummage sale to find new love.

Troves of clothing, shoes and furniture donated by junior league members, friends and Crossroads socialites will be up for grabs at garage-sale rates, for prices as low as 25 cents and up.

Of the donated items thus far, an Oscar De Le Renta pajama set, a futon living room set, repurposed carpets turned into rugs and brand new shoes, retailed at $60, have caught her eyes during the organization's early sorting and pricing phase, said event chairwoman Lisa Henry.

"Everyone that has called has given us really high quality donations," Henry said.

This year, the rummage has taken on a new form with additional donations from retail shops in the area.

"It's become really upscale," Henry said. "It's not like before when it was all used items."

One area business, who Henry said requested to remain unnamed, donated about $1,000 in new items to the sale.

The league hopes to raise more than $4,000 to put into their various charity funds and events throughout the year, said the chairwoman.

And for young ladies still on the hunt for the perfect dress and accessories for prom, the rummage sale promises to be a gold mine.

High school students from the league's "Esperanza" program which prepares young women prepare for job interviews with clothing and resume advice, will be operating a booth of their own selling donated jewelry items.

At noon, the winner of a $5 raffle will be awarded a 50-inch flat screen television, an ice chest and coupons to an area pizza joint.

The remaining donations will be picked up by interested charity organizations and the Salvation Army for families in need.

My advice? Get there early, get there fast and hands off those fancy pajamas - I've already called dibs.

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