“The rule of thumb is if you haven’t used it for a year, get rid of it,” laughs TMC Volunteer Services coordinator Christel Pettengill. If you find yourself with a pile of things that are still in fashion, and still in pretty good shape, but that you no longer want, they can find a new home at The Teal Saguaro, the TMC Auxiliary’s resale boutique.
On the flip side, if you’re a bargain shopper who loves to stumble upon little treasures, you’re invited to check out the welcoming new emporium, which is located one street south of Grant, in between Beverly and Ferguson at 5395 E. Erickson. There are fabulous deals on second-hand merchandise including clothing and household items. There’s even a special children’s section that features clothing, toys, books and movies.
The boutique also serves as an easy access resource center for families in need of booster seats and bike helmets for children. And when patients need clothing due to emergency circumstances, staff can offer vouchers good at The Teal Saguaro. “It’s part of our commitment to providing community care,” says Pettengill.
Whether you are donating or shopping at The Teal Saguaro, it is something you can truly feel good about. Not only does it help the community and our patients, but you get a tax write-off. TMC volunteer Karen Simonic says, “People should help support The Teal Saguaro because all of the proceeds go right back to TMC, and TMC is a wonderful hospital.” Simonic, along with about a dozen others, comprise the all-volunteer staff.
For volunteer Shayne Kee, the experience is about more than just organizing, pricing, and cleaning the donated items. “I really look forward to spending time with a great group of women,” she says. “It’s social, it’s fun, and it serves a great purpose.”
They are dedicated to the boutique’s success, and hope you’ll consider joining them. “We’d love to have at least a dozen more volunteers,” says Pettengill. “We especially need people who can come help for a few hours in the afternoon.” If you have any questions about The Teal Saguaro, or are interested in volunteering, please call (520) 324-2419.
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Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 9am-5pm
Donations are accepted during the hours of operation.
- Clothing, footwear and accessories for all ages
- Small household items and furnishings
- Baby/children toys and items
- Art and antiques including Arizona memorabilia
- Books, CDs, DVDs
- Electronics including computers and accessories
- Furniture items
- Seasonal home furnishings and decorations
- Household fixtures, tools and construction items