|Resale Shop Benefits Hadassah|
The Hadassah House Resale Shop in Highland Park
boasts donated treasures ranging from clothes and accessories — Coach,
Burberry, Dior, Juicy Couture, were recently among the designer brands on hand
— to CDs, books, and house furnishings that include the usual (chairs and
tables) and the unusual (lava lamps and an autographed Tommy Hilfiger poster).
The Resale Shop is an initiative of the
Chicago-North Shore Chapter of Hadassah and proceeds raised by the Resale Shop
go towards support of the hospitals and medical research.
Minnette "Mitzi" Edelstein was the shop's
first general manager when it opened nearly 50 years ago. She died in April at
the age of 90. "She still volunteered almost up until the day she
died," said Robert Van Kooten, the shop's general manager. "She was
well respected and much loved. She was a mover and shaker. What I appreciated
about her was her understanding of how to deal with the business and her
practical approach.” Her vision
for the shop remains undimmed.
You have your regulars, such as Yisroel Kamin from
Chicago, who visits the shop every week or so to seek out Jewish art and books,
when he visits his grandfather, who lives in Highland Park.
There are also regulars who became volunteers.
Highland Park resident Pat Cegielski had been frequenting the shop for some 20
years. A former Chicago teacher, now retired, she was introduced to the shop by
a friend and began buying items for some of her students in need.
"Then I noticed there's some really nice
clothes here, and I started shopping for me," she laughed. "My
husband says the Hadassah Hospitals should name a wing after me because I've
bought so much."
Van Kooten, who is entering his fourth year at the
shop, said he is overwhelmed by "the level of generosity shown to this
charity, and the sincerity people have in their need to donate only to