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Hunting for holiday gifts?

Brooksby’s Treasure Chest offers exceptional selection and savings

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December 15th, 2016
Loretta Tenaglia oversees the more than 70 volunteers who work in the Treasure Chest at Brooksby Village, where shoppers can find everything from Lladro figurines to vintage dishes.

Loretta Tenaglia oversees the more than 70 volunteers who work in the Treasure Chest at Brooksby Village, where shoppers can find everything from Lladro figurines to vintage dishes.

If you’re searching for just the right gift this holiday season, you’ll want to follow the steady stream of shoppers to the first floor of Baldwin Court, a residence building at Brooksby Village in Peabody, Mass.

There, you’ll find the best bargains at the Treasure Chest, Brooksby’s on-site resale shop.

“Chances are, if you come into the store, you’ll buy something,” says Treasure Chest volunteer Bill Morgan.

Inventory is spread across two spaces, adjacent to one another.

“We have furniture for sale in one room and everything else in the other room,” says Loretta Tenaglia, who founded the Treasure Chest shortly after Brooksby opened in 2000.

Most residents downsize when they move to Brooksby, resulting in extra items they don’t need in their apartment homes.

The Treasure Chest provides a solution for those goods, giving them new life and a chance to benefit the community.

When a resident donates an item to the Treasure Chest, it’s priced by one of the more than 70 volunteers who run the store. The item is displayed in the Treasure Chest for 30 days. If it doesn’t sell, the item is donated to local charities.

“We sell a little bit of everything,” says Loretta, glancing around the store and taking in the displays of jewelry and collectibles, kitchen items, lamps, mirrors, and artwork. “You can find some great bargains here. We have family and friends of residents who stop in to shop. Staff will also find their way down here to browse.”

Giving back to Brooksby

The store has come a long way from its first home in a bicycle storage room at the then-fledgling community in 2000.

“I was one of the first residents,” says Loretta. “As more and more people moved in, they’d leave things outside their apartments that they didn’t want anymore. I ran around collecting them in anticipation of the opening of the Treasure Chest.”

Now, 16 years later, the resident-driven initiative has poured more than $600,000 back into the community. Each year, the Treasure Chest board approves donations to three funds established at the Erickson Living community. The first is the Resident Care Fund, which assists residents who, despite careful planning, experience a genuine and unforeseen change in their financial situation (the Residence and Care Agreement has complete details).

The second fund is the Scholars’ Fund, which awards scholarships to students employed in dining services at Brooksby. The third is the Staff Appreciation Fund.

The Treasure Chest also provides $100 in start-up money for resident-driven clubs and interest groups that benefit a significant percentage of the Brooksby population. 

“As far as resident activities go, the Treasure Chest is one of the most important we have on campus,” says Loretta. “It benefits Brooksby in so many ways.”

The Treasure Chest is open three days a week, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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