If you’re going
* What: Belk Fall Charity Sale
* When: 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday
* Where: Belk, 520 Lakeland Plaza
* Cost: $5 per ticket, which is reimbursed with first purchase
Belk will present its annual Fall Charity Sale from 6 to 10 a.m. Saturday.
For several weeks, local nonprofits have been selling tickets to the event, which offers customers a wide range of discounts.
Kelly Freese, manager of the Cumming Belk location in Lakeland Plaza, said the Charity Sale, which is held twice a year, typically draws anywhere from 50 to 75 local groups.
The organizations sell $5 tickets to the shopping event and retain 100 percent of the sale price.
“Many of these groups come back time after time because this is such a great fundraiser for them,” Freese said.
As for Belk patrons who take part in the shopping event, Freese said it’s hard to count all who come in.
“We have thousands and thousands of people every time,” she said. “The Charity Sale days are some of our busiest of the year.”
The nonprofits taking part in the sale range from pet rescue organizations and civic clubs to school groups.
In return for purchasing a $5 ticket, customers get great buys on rarely discounted merchandise and other items. In addition, they automatically receive a $5 credit on their purchases, completely offsetting the cost of the ticket.
While charitable organizations have been selling tickets for some time, Freese said it’s fine if someone doesn’t yet have one.
“That morning we’ll have tickets available at the door and all of those proceeds are divided evenly among all the charities taking part,” she said.
The first 100 customers at the store Saturday morning will receive free Belk gift cards, ranging in value from $5 to $100. They will also be entered for a chance to win one of three $1,000 cards awarded throughout Belk’s 16-state market.
All participating charities will also be registered to win one of three $1,000 donations from Belk in a company-wide drawing.
Anyone unable to make it to the store Saturday morning but wishing to help the charities can buy a ticket before Friday and take advantage of pre-sale shopping.
“You can come in anytime this week and pick out what you want, we ring it up and you can come back and get it whenever you want, but you still get those amazing prices,” Freese said.
In years past, charity sales have raised as much as $100,000 total for local nonprofits.
“It’s always a great event and one of our favorite days,” she said.