BY MELISSA SOLANO
Fundraising is a major part of household life here at Franciscan University of Steubenville including coffeehouses, dances and bake sales. For women’s household Totus Tuus Maria, they stick with their long-held tradition of presenting a ‘Superflea’ for students.
A semester tradition for the household, Totus Tuus Maria held their spring Superflea Sale on Feb. 19 and 20 in the lower lobby of the JC Williams Center. The tables were set up holding everything from women’s and men’s apparel, accessories, shoes and fun knick-knacks including unique mugs. The donations come from mostly Totus Tuus Maria household members as well as friends and family members.
“The fundraiser has been really successful for us, and the Lord has truly provided in terms of donations,” said Lana Gonzalez, one of Totus Tuus’s members helping to run the superflea on Wednesday.
Anything that the household decided not to use or sell will go to the missions in order to give back to the community.
“We are fundraising mostly for our upcoming retreat weekend,” said Meg Miller, another Totus Tuus member.
The Superflea draws out a fairly decent sized crowd. There were many interested students who looked through the variety of items for the two-day sale. Accessories ran for about $2, and clothes were around $5.
Alongside typical flea sale items were a few hits that Totus Tuus members were sure would be big spring trends. There was no shortage of long maxi skirts and bright colors throughout the sale. Both items are predicted to be big sellers this upcoming season. There were also many dresses and dress clothes for every occasion. Shoes were not-too-varied other than tennis shoes and flats. As for the male section, there were mostly t-shirts and jeans. There were many necklaces at the sale that sold quickly. Big statement necklaces have been and will continue to be a major trend. Many Franciscan ladies believe they are an easy way to dress up any outfit for any occasion, especially Mass.