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Mayor's Fund To Hold Fundraising Sale For Sandy Victims

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Six months after Hurricane Sandy, many New Yorkers are slowly putting their homes together, and on Saturday, you can help them, and maybe find the right addition to your own living room in the process. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

Forget spring cleaning. This is spring shopping, and nothing to feel guilty about.

Fifteen-thousand square feet of the Brooklyn Army Terminal is choc-a-bloc with home furnishings.

"Any one of these items would be a find, and they're at prices to sell," said Megan Sheekey of the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

And buy you can on Saturday, with proceeds going to Hurricane Sandy victims through the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

Ranging from the practical to the whimsical, they are all from San Francisco-based retailer One Kings Lane.

"As New Yorkers know, we have crawled out of the immediate phase of emergency needs, and people are still rebuilding their lives, they're still rebuilding their homes," Sheekey said. "So six months in, there are still a lot of needs that exist in the impacted communities after Hurricane Sandy."

Like Sea Gate, a Brooklyn neighborhood the storm leveled in places.

"We need chairs. We need tables. We need silverware or cutlery," said Ilene Marcus of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. "We know what the needs are in the community, because we've been working with them. And we're picking up those items and bringing them back to the community to get them where they need to go."

"I do not live on the water. I live a block beyond," said Esther Zicherman, a Sea Gate resident. "The lower level and the first level has been completed demolished. We have to pin up the home. It's been completely in shambles."

The group was able to get some items before the sale starts.

"This is beautiful stuff," said Joseph Wolhender, a Sea Gate resident. "I think people are going to be very, very happy. I've seen them cry when we gave them clothing, we gave them heaters, whatever we gave them."

As for items still for sale, you'll find glassware and candlesticks. Something to indulge your kids or the kid in you, like a cotton candy maker. And something to save you money on Starbucks: an espresso maker that's a nice steal at only $20.

The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prices range from $5 to $100. Credit cards only.

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