Posted on May 5, 2018 by AL Greater-Placer Nuggets
Written by Julie Sage
I enjoy working on jigsaw puzzles. Even though they can be challenging, my concentrated efforts produce a cohesive outcome. I like to start with the border pieces and create a framework for my puzzle. Then I separate out the dominant colored pieces onto separate cookie sheets. This technique allows me to stack the cookie sheets later when I need to pause solving the puzzle to clear off my dining table. If the finished puzzle picture has focal objects or person pieces, I start there. I prop up the puzzle box picture on end, so I can see it as I work. I need a constant reminder of what I’m trying to achieve. And all the effort, determination and joy in finishing the puzzle gives me a sense of accomplishment.
Being a member of Assistance League of Greater Placer for 20 years, I have found my “practiced” skills for putting together jigsaw puzzles, helps me in helping others. In my observation, I see the Assistance League of Greater Placer’s Thrift Shop as a Giant Puzzle with numerous puzzle pieces coming together and forming a strong, vibrant, and exciting Thrift Shop.
Our current General Manager, Nancy, has held the position for 5 years. A special recognition poem for her outstanding service was written and recited by Assistant Manager, Janet, at our April meeting.
Our members volunteer for the numerous Thrift Shop positions that make our shop so special. They are each a necessary puzzle piece towards the end picture of success.
We have Assistant Managers, Backroom Captains, Treasurers, Schedulers, Media Contacts, Visual Display, Boutique and Salespersons as the great Puzzle Border starts. Then we fill in the center with Department Chairmen for Art, Books, Collectibles, Jewelry, Fabric, Kids Korner, Linens, Purses, Scarves, Shoes, Toys…the list goes on. And to complete the jigsaw puzzle picture, we add vibrant color pieces that are volunteers and customers!
Our Assistance League of Greater Placer members take pride in our Thrift Shop. It is open year-round and with the funds earned, we are able to provide 13 Philanthropic Programs in the Greater Placer communities to help individuals and families.
Come visit the Assistance League Thrift Shop, located at 1263 Grass Valley Highway, in Auburn. Enjoy a truly unique shopping experience and know that your monies will help others in our local communities. What a beautiful PUZZLE!