MAY MADNESS: SECOND HAND ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME

The 31st anniversary of May Madness, an enormous estate and yard sale, is happening on Saturday, May 6, at the Music Academy of the West Miraflores campus, 1070 Fairway Road. The sale begins at 9 am with all sales final at 3 pm.

Beth Leddy and Elaine Toledo, their second year as co-chairs of May Madness, have chosen the theme of “Second Hand Rose” to highlight the fact that, in shopping, the second time around is better for bargains and treasures. Beth and Elaine have orchestrated this event to surprise and delight all various shoppers. All proceeds benefits the Music Academy of the West Summer School and Festival, a full scholarship eight-week course for aspiring musicians.

This year in Abravanel Hall, there will be a special emphasis on vintage and designer clothes with a new venue for hats and scarves at the front entrance. The Rack, the resale clothing shop for the Music Academy, coordinated all of the clothing into different departments for easy browsing and shopping. There’s an array of specialty clothing from sport clothes to evening couture for both men and women. The dressing rooms are spacious and provide privacy.

The Treasure House, also on the Music Academy campus, and The Boutique, in the Miraflores Estate, are the prized sites for discovering a hidden treasure. There are cherished antiques, valued old master paintings, crystal and china, heirloom silver, precious ornaments and general bric-a-brac.

A kidney-shaped bar from the 1950s is of special interest and will be for sale in the Furniture Department. There are some great buys on dining room tables and chairs as well as sofas, coffee tables, end tables and bedroom suites. For the office, there are affordable desks, lamps and filing cabinets. If you are looking for that special chaise longue for the patio, there is an extensive selection of lawn furniture from classic to functional to modern.

The Garden Shop offers a medley of new and aged clay pots, woven baskets and a variety of decorative plants. Attractively potted succulents will be sold for $5 and up. In the Book Department, there will be an extensive display of hardcovers, paperbacks and books on tape. The Art Department will showcase prints, watercolor and oil paintings, along with ornamental picture frames and needlework.

In the Miscellaneous Department, there will be bargains galore for the household, workshop or garage with items priced at $1 and up. The Linen department will feature fancy tablecloths, elegant napkins and everyday placemats, as well as other cloth specialties.

The Sporting Goods department will be offering a large assortment of bicycles for all ages. Snow skis, golf clubs, a baby jogger as well as a treadmill are just a few of the choice items featured this year. The Toys and Games department boasts a mixture of new and old collectibles. The Electronic Department has items for the office or home. Over in the Musical Instruments Department there’s an assortment of instruments.

The following organizations and companies have lent a helping hand in this year’s Second Hand Rose May Madness event: “Ukulele Lulus,” from the Assistance League, which will be performing at 9 am in front of the Miraflores estate; MarBorg, which is supplying the trashcans for the event; and Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners, which sent information about May Madness in its mailings to customers. Montecito Deli and Catering is providing light snacks for May Madness volunteers. Turk Hessellund Nursery donated plants that were used to create various floral arrangements in the Garden Shop.

Parking is available at All Saints by-the-Sea Episcopal Church (83 Eucalyptus Lane), with a shuttle bus providing transportation to and from the Music Academy campus. There will also be parking for early bird shoppers on the Music Academy campus, where there’s 180-plus spaces on the lower level.

Donations will be accepted until April 24. Items can be dropped off at the campus Tuesday through Friday between 9 am and 3 pm. For more information call 969-8785.

From all the ladies at the Music Academy, “We hope to see you on May 6 at the Second Hand Rose May Madness.”