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Members of the Solon Council of PTAs get prepared to present the annual Budget Bin from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 23, showcasing numerous fall and winter items for sale. A staple for the district and in the community, Budget Bin serves to raise funds for scholarships for Solon seniors. Displaying some of the treasures to be had are, from left, Jennifer Kavanagh, Parkside Elementary School PTA President; Ghazala Khan, president of the Solon Council of PTAs; Julie Dorsey, Budget Bin co-chair and president of the Dorothy Lewis Elementary School; Stephanie Contipelli, longtime Budget Bin past chair who leads charity portion of event; and Jen Haaga, president of the Orchard Middle School PTA.

An over 30 year time-honored tradition is continuing for the Solon City School District, with Budget Bin embracing the entire community as part of the annual event.

Presented by the Solon Council of PTAs, this year’s Budget Bin will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct.23.

It will be presented in the parking lots of several schools, including Solon Middle School and Parkside Elementary School, Arthur Road School and Orchard Middle School, with individuals selling a wide variety of items that are new and gently used for fall and winter from the trunks of their cars.

Typically, the event would be more of a consignment type sale with past sales held in the Arthur Road School gymnasium. This year the focus is even more on the greater community with the Budget Bin trunk sale being as COVID-friendly as possible. There also will be food trucks on hand.

“This is a wonderful community event,” Board member Leanne Moses said, adding that so many families depend on Budget Bin. The PTA presents the event both in the fall and in the spring.

Drawing thousands of shoppers who take advantage of quality items at a low cost, Budget Bin serves to raise necessary scholarship funds for Solon seniors, with tens of thousands of dollars a year spent on 25-35 scholarships as part of the Louis Gazeley Scholarship Fund. It is named for a late and beloved PTA leader.

“In addition to scholarships for graduating seniors, it provides an important way for community members to be able to shop for great items at reduced cost,” District Communications Director Tamara Strom explained. “At the end of the sale,a local charity will again come to Solon to pick up any unsold donated items.

“This is also a key community service component of the sale,” she said.

The event also brings together all of the PTA’s from each of the schools in the Solon district, Ms. Strom added.

It draws people from all over to either donate or consign.

Co-chairing the event is Julie Dorsey and Hope Gloger, with a couple hundred volunteers making the event come to fruition.

“I’ve known about Budget Bin for so long,” Ms. Dorsey, a mother of four and 2001 Solon High School graduate, said. “I shopped the Bin before I was a parent.

“It is a great place for kids clothes” and countless other items, she continued.

Offerings include clothing, household items, toys and more. There will be coats, hats, winter boots, gloves and a variety of holiday items, among others.

“There is always a really big selection,” Ms. Dorsey said, adding that people can expect the same great bargains they have had in past years.

Budget Bin will be held rain or shine.

Organizers noted that donations are welcome.Tthose wishing to make a donation or become a consigner can visit the Solon City Schools PTA membership hub through the district’s website which is www.solonschools.org.

“A lot of families depend on this,” Jen Haaga, Orchard Middle School PTA President, said.

Ms. Dorsey said the goal is to have upwards of 250 vendors on hand that day.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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