It’s Christmas in July Thanks to La Providencia Guild

By On July 16, 2013

Fans of secondhand shopping found holiday decor and other treasures at bargain prices during the La Providencia Guild Christmas in July Sale on Saturday at the Children’s Hospital Thrift Shop at 3301 W. Burbank Blvd.

La Providencia Guild members Kris Veatch, left, and Sue Ann Gordon

La Providencia Guild members Kris Veatch, left, and Sue Ann Gordon admire a Venetian stemmed goblet embellished with gilded cobalt enamel during the Christmas in July sale on Saturday at the Children’s Hospital Thrift Shop on Burbank Boulevard. The display behind them is called the Collector’s Corner and showcases the thrift shop’s fine tableware. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph)

A benefactor getting ready to downsize recently donated her household collection of furniture, china and crystal to the thrift shop, said member and past president Sue Ann Gordon. Among the items were Waterford crystal and Italian 24k gold-plated crystal. A set of stemmed goblets embellished with gilded cobalt enamel remains at the shop as well as a duo of Waterford Holiday Heirloom tree ornaments and a Lladro figurine.

The special donation inspired members to create a display to showcase the fine tableware. They called it Collector’s Corner.

“It shows the best of the best,” Gordon emphasized.

But holiday decorations were the main draw and most of those placed on the shelves were gone by the end of the day.

Regular customer Josefina Castellon models a holiday apron while shopping during the Christmas in July Sale at La Providencia Guild Children's Hospital Thrift Shop  (Photo By Joyce Rudolph)

Regular customer Josefina Castellon models a holiday apron while shopping during the Christmas in July Sale at La Providencia Guild Children’s Hospital Thrift Shop (Photo By Joyce Rudolph)

Josefina Castellon, who stops in four times a week, found a holiday-themed kitchen apron.

“You can find inexpensive merchandise that is nice and the sales people are great!” she said.

Regular patrons anxiously anticipate the annual Christmas in July Sale. And Saturday was no exception. Between 150 and 200 people came through the shop in the morning and the register line extended back to the office, said Thrift Shop Chairwoman Deborah Spang. Member Alicia Katz, who had stopped by, jumped into action and went down the line taking credit card information to keep things moving.

Other members helping customers were Joan Chandler, Judy Gragg, Janice Shafer, Fanny Belle Mound, Kris Veatch, Lurdes Munoz, Donna Michel, Nancy Johnson, Donna Salant and President Rosemarie Witten. Doing heavy lifting duty all day was the chairman’s husband Ron Spang.

Baked goods were also for sale and were gone by closing time. The best of the best in that category was the carrot cake cookies.

All thrift shop proceeds go to Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. For hours, call (818) 845-6606.

Waterford holiday heirlooms on display in the La Providencia Guild Children's Hospital Thrift Shop    (Photo By Joyce Rudolph)

Waterford holiday heirlooms on display in the La Providencia Guild Children’s Hospital Thrift Shop (Photo By Joyce Rudolph)

Member Sue Ann Gordon holds a Lladro piece titled "Girl with Calla Lilies"    (Photo By Joyce Rudolph)

Member Sue Ann Gordon holds a Lladro piece titled “Girl with Calla Lilies” (Photo By Joyce Rudolph)