Across Tossed & Found’s nineteen years, the committee has hit many exciting milestones. As we look toward our twentieth sale this March, we reflect on the many achievements at the committee, league, and community levels.
- In 1993, the JLW Board of Directors organized the first Tossed & Found sale, netting over $17,000.
- Five years later, in 1998, Tossed & Found net over $50,000.
- In 2005, the sale net over $100,000 - its first six-figure mark!
- Tossed & Found partnered with property manager Vornado/Charles E. Smith in 2007 to host the sale at the Crystal City shops in Arlington, Virginia. The sale continues to be held at this location.
- In 2008, the Community Cash Card project began. To date, the committee has been able to donate over $17,000 worth of merchandise to deserving community partners and individuals. This project has grown and been so meaningful to JLW partners that the committee was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Voluntarism: Community Service at the 2011 year-end banquet.
- In 2009, Tossed & Found grew its green initiative. From recycling items, to donating unsold merchandise, to cutting back on printed materials, the committee found new ways to be environmental stewards. Now, invitations are sent to the JLW membership electronically, Arlington County donates recycling bins, and the committee “freecycles” unsold merchandise to charities.
- In 2011, Tossed & Found logged over 4,300 onsite volunteer hours, thanks in large part to over 715 non-committee, JLW members. Thank you for dedicating your time to make T&F a success!