Joan Jones is an institution at the Wilderness market where her treasures can be bought - all in aid of the SPCA.
GEORGE NEWS - For a decade Joan Jones (76) has made it her mission to sell all the household items and clothes donated to the George SPCA at a monthly market held on the Wilderness common.
This year alone, sales resulted in the SPCA being able to strengthen their finances with at least R48 000, which has helped to keep this well-deserving charitable organisation going. Needless to say the overheads are enormous.
"I love it," says Joan for whom it has almost become a full-time vocation to work as a volunteer. The market is held on the first Sunday of every month.
"During the week I have people constantly calling at my home to buy clothes. In between it’s almost a full-time job to sort through the donated goods, and to test electrical appliances to see if they work. To price everything is quite a task," says Joan with a chuckle.
For market-goers the market is a delight. The beautiful setting with the lake in the background, the friendly stall-holders, and the books, LP records and magazines, collectibles and jumble all go for a song (my LP-collecting husband bought a pile). The more valuable objects are sold to Lammers’ Antiques.
The saying, ‘one man’s trash is another’s treasure’ is a truism applicable to Joan who toils away for hours, meticulously sorting through the articles and clothes donated by the public.
The SPCA market stall is a family affair.
Joan’s daughters Claire Garner, Suzanne Nicholas and their husbands, Paul Nicholas and Beau Garner, as well as friend Judy Chilton, all give a helping hand. Readers should feel free to go up and say hello to this friendly group of people.
Posted on: 12:31 Wed, 18 August 2010
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