White Elephant Sale

Items needed for Issaquah Valley Senior Center White Elephant Sale

September 18, 2012

By Katie Larsen

If spring cleaning has turned into summer cleaning, consider donating items to the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, which will host a White Elephant Sale during the Salmon Days Festival on Oct. 6-7.

The center is accepting any items except clothing and shoes. Items donated in the past included home furnishings, jewelry, collectibles and antiques.

“It’s like one big flea market,” center Director Courtney Jaren said.

The idea for the sale came from the founding director, Tommie Troutman, and has been carried on for nearly 20 years. The concept of a white elephant sale is when a person gets rid of something and someone else wants it.

If you go

Issaquah Valley Senior Center White Elephant Sale

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7
  • Issaquah Valley Senior Center
  • 75 N.E. Creek Way
  • Donate items at the senior center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Oct. 1.

“You will always find a treasure and a bargain,” Jaren said.

This is the center’s biggest fundraising event of the year; it made more than $5,500 last year. The money made from the sale is put back into the center.

“I think it’s a way to let the community know about the center and invite them in to see it,” Jaren said. “It really is a home away from home for the seniors in our community. We don’t want people to be lonely.”

The center is a nonprofit so all donations are tax-deductible. A bake and craft sale will also be held, with homemade goods.

Viola Ong has volunteered with the center for eight years and now coordinates the sale’s volunteers.

“We appreciate all the donators and the workers that help with the sale in order for it to be successful,” Ong said. “It becomes successful because of the people.”

Ong said many of the programs Jaren has implemented at the center make it interesting for seniors to participate in activities, rather than staying home.

Jaren said there is usually something for everyone at the sale.


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