CHP Plans Children's Attic Consignment Sale for May 18-19

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs will hold its annual children’s consignment sale, including quality maternity and children’s clothing, toys, games, books, baby equipment and more, on Saturday and Sunday, May 18, and 19, at its Route 7 campus at 444 Stockbridge Road.

Families are invited to The Children's Attic to stock up on clothes for summer, back to school or everyday use. Proceeds benefit consignment families and CHP Family Services programming. Salisbury Bank will host a Community Shred Day as well on Saturday.

The Children’s Attic is hosted by CHP Family Services and sponsored by Salisbury Bank. It will be open fro 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 and 9 a.m. to noon on May 19. Call 413-528-0457 for more information, to donate or volunteer.


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