Jul 30, 2014

Thrift Shop Treasure Hunt

The 10th annual Chicken Alley Art Show and Collectible Sale kicks off August 14 in Vineyard Haven.

Thrift Shop Treasure Hunt

The weird, quirky and abstract belongings lingering in the basement might be the perfect item for the on August 14.

Ten years ago, art lover Olga Hirshhorn pitched the idea of spoofing an art gallery opening to manager Sandy Pratt. It quickly formulated into the Chicken Alley Art Show and Collectible Sale, and with the help of others become an Island staple known for its unique items that attracts around 1,000 people each year.

“There will be probably 150 people in line just to get in at 1 p.m.,” said Pratt.

The Vineyard Haven thrift shop spends all year saving high-end donated objects and storing them in back, anticipating their unveiling each summer.

The Chicken Alley Thrift Shop Facebook page has nearly 300 “likes” and has been posting photographs of various items previewing the hyped up event.

“The day of the show we bring in between $28- to 30,000,” Pratt said. “The event all together brings together about $50,000."

Proceeds benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, providing Island care from counseling to those in need.

The Chicken Alley Art Show and Collectible Sale will take place on Saturday, August 14 from 1 to 5 p.m.

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