The Big Flea grossed over $35,000, and after expenses we expect to surpass our financial goal. The school and the Parents’ Association will split the net revenue evenly. This marks the second year of our partnership with the PA in Big Flea, and it again proved to be a success.
Elise and Zack DeMoss worked tirelessly from July-April on Big Flea. They coordinated pick-ups of larger items, either by soliciting volunteers or scheduling with VVT. After collecting more items than ever, they arranged with VVT to use additional storage units. Elise managed Meet Me Mondays throughout the year and spent the week of Big Flea on campus helping all of our volunteers organize, sort, and price every item in advance of the sale.
According to the daily sign-in sheets, there were over 200 volunteers who contributed more than 1,300 hours to the Big Flea. Students, faculty/staff, parents, grandparents, Board members, and alumni were all represented in volunteer efforts. Our community continues to be generous in time, efforts, and resources, and we cannot put a dollar amount on how valuable that is to the school. It truly is an “all hands on deck” event, and we could not have done it without everyone’s help.
For those of you who worked Big Flea on Saturday, you saw first-hand the impact Virginia Varsity Transfer (VVT) had on the event. By offering delivery service and helping shoppers carry large items to their cars, the Big Ticket process was much more efficient. However, what you may not realize is that VVT was instrumental throughout the entire year in helping with pick-ups and additional storage. We are incredibly grateful to the Lugar family and the VVT crew for their support of Big Flea.
Our maintenance, custodial, IT, Finance and CAC staff played a major role in the Big Flea. Shawn, Buck, and Josh loaded and transported all the heavy wooden tables, clothing racks, and other fixtures to the CAC in advance of load out day. Emma and Ray were on site on the day of Big Flea to make sure all custodial needs were handled. Zack, Lisa, and Andrew ensured the iPads were set-up for a simple checkout process and were available for troubleshooting. Carolyn and Danielle worked with Jennifer to manage cash flow—restocking, emptying, and depositing cash boxes throughout the day. The CAC staff were instrumental in reserving space for the event and accommodating needs for Big Flea.
Finally, we’d like to thank Carilion Sports Medicine for generously sponsoring the 2017 Big Flea.