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Special sale will benefit Unity Shoppe

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“Seaside Hideaway”, a print on canvas by Thomas Kinkade, is one of the treasures of the late Barbara Tellefson sold as part of a real estate sale to benefit Unity Shoppe. The painting is in a dark mahogany frame.

A real estate sale of artwork, antiques, jewelry, furniture and more owned by Barbara Tellefson, founder of Unity Shoppe and beloved member of the community, will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the 25th. and September 26 at his historic home, La Casa Nichita, 679 Mission Canyon Road.

Ms Tellefson, who was also COO of United Shoppe, died in 2020 at the age of 84.

According to her News-Press obituary, “Barbara’s singular purpose and her half-century of devotion to the Santa Barbara County community were in a league of their own which, in the days following her death, was confirmed. by scores of good – supporters describing her as “Saint Barbara” and an “unstoppable force for good”.

Like other famous celebrities who lived in Santa Barbara and Montecito, Kenny Loggins was a staunch friend and supporter of Barbara and Unity Shoppe for decades, claiming he would be “forever changed by his incredible determination, which has helped more than a million people in his lifetime “. ‘”

Proceeds from the September 25-26 sale will go directly to the Barbara Tellefson Fund to further the mission of Unity Shoppe.

“We see this as a sentimental way for us to share Barbara’s collection with the community she loved while also raising funds for the organization she founded and in which she has invested body and soul for more. 50 years, ”said Tom Reed, executive director of Unity. “Among its latest requests, Unity Shoppe was as free and debt free as possible, and this is one way for us to honor that wish.”

Unity Shoppe is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing basic necessities of life and vocational training to the most vulnerable populations of Santa Barbara during times of temporary crisis while promoting self-reliance and independence. All programs and services are available free of charge to eligible clients, regardless of their political affiliation, religious beliefs or ethnic origin.

“For decades Barbara has enjoyed going to estate sales and collectors to amass an incredible assortment of toys, musical instruments, furniture and knickknacks,” said Pat Hitchcock, president of donor relations. “She left these treasures with Unity to sell and the proceeds to go towards furthering Unity’s mission of helping those less fortunate among us with basic necessities such as food and clothes.

“As a champion of human rights, Barbara believed in the respect and dignity of people from all walks of life. She defended people in need, regardless of their origin. Her unique assets reflect her belief in diversity, and we are honored that she left them to Unity to help continue her legacy. ”

Mr. Reed added: “Barbara Tellefson was a truly unique person. Her heart for those less fortunate prompted her to identify with what it felt like to be at the mercy of charity. Unity Shoppe was the fulfillment of her dream of helping those who struggle in life regain hope and confidence. At the same time, she was the customer par excellence!

“Her eye for the whimsical, the unusual and the hidden treasure created a collection that people of all ages will enjoy seeing and coming home to. Barbara’s legacy continues as this real estate sale will help Unity become sustainable for future generations.

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Barbara Tellefson’s real estate sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 25-26 at her historic home, La Casa Nichita, 679 Mission Canyon Road. For the safety of all participants, masks will be required when visiting and shopping during the sale of the estate and on the grounds of La Casa Nichita. For more information visit www.unityshoppe.org.


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