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Not your average garage sale

By Jenny Coon Peterson April 16th, 2010
I haven't been to a garage sale since I completely furnished my first non-dorm-room place in yard sale finds and family cast-offs. That's going to change this weekend.

The Vilakazi Foundation, an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of South African children, is holding one of its first big fundraisers: a garage sale.

The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 2816 Morgan Trail in Edmond. Look for items like furniture, original artwork, children's items, lots of clothing and accessories, plus an original Nintendo and the games to go with it. (Yes!)

The money raised will go toward buying kids sports equipment and food for the community preschool of Coffee Bay, South Africa. Co-founders Carrie Coppernoll Jacobs and Leigh Jacobs are heading to South Africa this June to hand out the supplies and food.

Leigh Jacobs was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and moved here for school in 2000. He and his wife, Carrie, founded Vilakazi in 2009. The organization is named after the Soweto street where both Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu lived.

One more reason to shop the garage sale (as if you needed one): The co-founders are only part of the coolest poor-to-average league K co-ed soccer team on the planet, the Fighting Chickens. How cool is this team? I'm on it. Yeah, I hear you grabbing your keys already.

Now go get some shopping done. And if you spot me there, I may just perform our team's special Fighting Chickens dance for you.
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