United Way furniture sale to benefit homelessness programs

EASLEY — When real estate broker Justin Winter of Sotheby’s International Realty recently sold a waterfront home, he graciously assumed responsibility for the disbursement of furniture that the home owner didn’t want to move.

Winter talked with Venetta Berenz, a member of the United Way of Pickens County Board of Directors and volunteer for the Dream Center, about donating the furniture to charity.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Berenz called Julie Capaldi, president of United Way of Pickens County, and they figured with their vast network of contacts, it would be a “piece of cake.”

There was only one catch — the furniture had to be moved in three days; before the new homeowners were scheduled to take ownership of the house.  Bright and early Monday morning, Berenz and Capaldi joined Winter for a tour of the home. Expecting a few pieces of furniture, imagine their surprise when they learned that it was a fully furnished five-bedroom home with beautiful gently used, high-end furniture, rugs, lighting and artwork.

With the help of David Kearns and Hardy Austin, every piece of furniture was moved and stored at the former Kearns Office building, 337 Main St in Easley.

The furniture will be sold on Friday, May 2, from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the former Kearns Office building.

The proceeds will be split between Family Promise of Pickens County and The Dream Center. The sales will be “first-come, first-served,” and the public is invited.

United Way of Pickens County will be the fiscal agent.  Cash, credit cards, and checks with proper ID will be accepted and transportation will be available at a reasonable rate. For more information, email Capaldi at