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“You can’t take it with you,” she said.
Son Gary Gendron said his mother’s basement is often filled high with boxes of books and other items that she is getting ready to give away.
The day before the celebration, in fact, Lenore had bought 18 bags of books and 11 bags of toys. She also scrounges for clothes and toys for other charities such as St. Joseph’s Home for Children.
That’s when the 84-year-old is not swimming, playing golf or substitute teaching in the Hopkins school district.
Stores and thrift outlets know her, and cut her deals because they know that if Lenore is buying, it’s going to a good cause.
Now she’s on the lookout for back-to-school clothes, gloves, shoes, belts and of course, books.
The other day, she noted that one Wayzata garage sale had lots of children’s clothes that would be discounted later in the sale. She waited until the last day, was up early and pounced, buying up 46 pairs of pants for needy kids.
“I guess I’m kind of an opportunist that way,” she said.
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