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KNOXVILLE — Students in the retail and consumer sciences program at UT are planning a boutique sale to benefit Knoxville Habitat for Humanity on April 12.

The students are collecting brand-name women’s clothes, pricing them for the sale and putting them on display. There will be a special section for prom and cocktail dresses.

The boutique sale will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Market Square next to Trio Café in downtown Knoxville.

The idea for the sale came from Ginger Baxter, a member of the board of Knoxville Habitat for Humanity. For her birthday last year, she asked her friends to donate their designer clothes instead of giving her presents. A retail and consumer sciences class led by Ann Fairhurst, professor in the Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management, was asked to organize the sale.

There are four locations to drop off donations. Make sure the clothes are labeled for the boutique sale.

• Habitat for Humanity thrift store at 2209 N. Central Ave. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Phone (865) 521-4909.

• UT Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management, room 110 in the Jessie Harris Building, 1215 Cumberland Ave. The hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone (865) 974-6609 or (865) 974-2141.

• Panhellenic Building, 1531 Cumberland Ave. A box to leave donations is available.

• Humes Hall, women’s residence hall in Presidential Courtyard. A box to leave donations is available.

Knoxville Habitat for Humanity is an independent, nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that partners with people of all beliefs. Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1985, builds simple, decent and affordable homes in partnership with those in need. Volunteers and the future homeowners provide the labor in building the homes. Tax deductible donations of money, land and materials are provided by individuals, organizations, churches and corporations.


Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179,

Dan Hurst, Habitat for Humanity, (865) 523-3539 ext. 107,