By NR Staff • 

Bling is in the air this weekend

With the sale taking place a week before Mother’s Day, there will be volunteers available to act as personal shoppers to help shoppers find a special item. Gift wrapping will be available for a donation to the foundation.

The stock includes vintage items, jewelry made by local artists and signed pieces by renowned designers such as Eisenberg, Kramer and Elsa Schiaparelli. Bonnie Mann, board member for Give a Little, has been serving as event coordinator.

The tea luncheon, organized by Ann Custer, will include pots of tea with a plate that includes a scone, assorted tea sandwiches and a sweet treat. For those who prefer lighter fare, individual selections will be available.

Jewelry will be organized in themes by Carlton artists Bobbie DeVoors and Lorrie Lewis, such as a zoo, garden, hearts, a holiday group and a children’s section.

The foundation sponsored its first jewelry sale in 2011, and it proved a big success.

“Last time the sterling silver pieces flew out the door,” said board member Elisabeth Leichter. “So we’re excited to offer a large selection of beautiful silver. It includes at least 15 Zuni and other Native American necklaces and bracelets.”

One of the sale’s highlights is a new 100 percent cashmere shawl, handmade by Cindy Nelson of Flutterby Knits, a local master knitter. The shawl is made from a lace pattern named for Queen Victoria’s second daughter, Princess Alice Maud Mary (1843-78).

The event will also feature gently used hats, handbags and scarves, all available for purchase.

The nonprofit organization Thinkplanet will have a kiosk of environmentally sound and educational merchandise for sale, including recycled wood watches and the fold and go eco-bottle.

Mann said the event is as much a celebration, show and party as it is a sale. “We want people to take time to browse, have lunch and enjoy the festive mood,” said Mann, noting there is no charge to attend.

Original photo art by Myriah Martin, which pictures some of the objects for sale, can be seen at both Give a Little’s Facebook page and website at

Give a Little, established in 2008, is a grass-roots nonprofit foundation which was created to provide a safety net for Yamhill County residents in need.

Working in cooperation with government agencies, religious organization and other nonprofit groups, Give a Little offers direct, immediate one-time financial assistance to local individuals and families facing a crisis, emergency or other hardship.

The organization’s board members pay all of the foundation’s administrative costs, which allows for 100 percent of all donations going towards assisting those in need.

For more information, call 503-857-2964 or e-mail

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