One of Pasadena’s most cherished institutions is turning 30 this
year, and the public is invited to share in the celebration…and
the good work.
Founded in 1984,
The Huntington Collection is a unique resale shop of Huntington Memorial Hospital that sells merchandise
through consignment and qualified donations. All Huntington Collection
proceeds benefit Huntington Hospital
Senior Care Network, a nationally recognized program that helps older and disabled adults and
their families remain healthy and independent.
“The Huntington Collection is a wonderful way for people to make
a meaningful difference in the community while acquiring one-of-a-kind
merchandise at really great prices,” says Betty MacInnes, founder
of the Huntington Collection who remains a vital part of its operation.
“Others can make a difference by donating items that will turn into
dollars and support the great work of Senior Care Network.”
The dollars of which MacInnes speaks are not insignificant. Earlier this
year the Huntington Collection presented Huntington HospitalCEO Steve
Ralph with a check in the amount of $230,000. It was the latest in a series
of annual donations, which over the past three decades has surpassed $8 million.
The Huntington Collection receives an extensive array of donated merchandise
including clothing, china, crystal, jewelry, books, linens, kitchenware,
toys, collectibles and decorative pieces. All are accepted and inspected
under the trained eyes of volunteers and staff and then put out for sale
if their condition is acceptable.In addition, The Huntington Collection
accepts consignment items worth $250 or more after they have been appraised
by qualified Huntington Collection appraisers.New merchandise is received
“We try to make it easy for donors by offering an all-inclusive service
for the appraisal, removal and sale of personal property,” says
MacInnes. “A Huntington Collection appraiser meets with the donor;
assessesthat a Price and Pack is needed; and arranges for the pricing,
packing and removal of all items to The Huntington Collection where they
will be sold as consignment or donation. This service has proven to be
ideal for older adults moving to a retirement or convalescent home.”
The Huntington Collection also offers
month-end sales, usually held on the last Thursday or Saturday of each month,
except holidays, from 8a.m. to 1p.m. The sale features half price on all regular clothing
plus featured sales on boutique clothing, linens, artwork and books. “Bag
Sales” are also held three to four times a year where for $10 customers
can fill a grocery bag to the brim with regular clothing and accessories.
In addition, the Annex section of The Huntington Collection regularly
features half price on all donated items including furniture, sofas, dining
sets, armoires and rugs.
None of this would be possible without MacInnes who created the shop in
1984 with the goal of supporting the hospital’s recently formed
Senior Care Network. The Collection did not have a permanent home at the
time; but MacInnes recruited volunteers to help run the sale and solicited
donations of high-quality secondhand goods from the community, making
the event a tremendous success.
Soon after that initial sales event, and following The Huntington Collection’s
move into a large space on Fair Oaks Avenue, MacInnes went to work filling
the massive space with desirable items for purchase. In partnership with
the Collection’s advisory committee — comprised of professionals
from the retail, advertising and marketing industries, along with Collection
volunteers — she led the store through decades of expansion.
MacInnes now serves as the Collection’s assistant manager; and Linda
Stephens, who has worked alongside MacInnes for 25 years, has taken on
the role of managing the store. “Betty is so focused on the Collection’s
success; this place is her lifeblood,” Stephens says. “She
has the kind of toughness that gets a lot done; and, at the same time,
she remains wonderfully compassionate and patient.”
The Huntington Collection is located at 766 South Fair Oaks Avenue. It
is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Thursdays, when hours
are from noon to 6 p.m.
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