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Get ready for Trash and Treasures Sale

By Staff | Nov 12, 2014


It’s that time again; the annual Trash & Treasures Sale hosted by the Island Seniors aka The Center 4 Life.

Make your way to the biggest rummage sale this Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. held right here in Sanibel. This anticipated annual event just keeps getting bigger and bigger. This event is a fabulous fundraiser for the island seniors.

Proceeds benefit the seniors directly. Gently used donations arrive from all over the islands and get artfully arranged and tagged.

Mary Ann Gihooley, volunteer chairperson, has been working round the clock since summertime with her talented crew of tireless volunteers.

“I have been the chairperson for three years now and I really enjoy all the happy faces on the customers who find all their treasures here,” laughs Mary Ann. “We love to recycle and make someone’s trash into someone else’s treasure.”

Volunteer Sherry Halleran (left), sale chairperson Mary Ann Gilhooley and volunteer Liz Clark. ANITA FORCE MARSHALL

The event volunteers are seniors who are members of the Center 4 Life, which is an enrichment, social, and resource organization for 50 years of age and up members who are residents or visitors to our islands.

Trish Phillips, Seniors Program manager, is very excited about this year’s sale: “This is a huge event for the Island Seniors/Center 4 Life,” she said, “and all the proceeds help support their programs like kayaking, aerobics, computers, arts and so much more. Last year we were busy from opening to closing. What I really enjoy about our Island Seniors group is that they are all helping hands with an island spirit of Sanibel and Captiva ringing true at The Center 4 Life.”

Here’s your game plan for the big event. The day of the sale, the lines start to form at both doors around 8:30 a.m. The two doors will open at 9 a.m. when the sale officially begins. People are very considerate and most of the earlybirds know just where they are going and what they are looking for and are out within 30 minutes. You will see shoppers leaving happy, with arms filled with their latest treasure.

Islander Deborah Butler said: “I once found a brass and glass end table which perfectly matched the coffeetable I already had, what luck!”

Lynn Quigley said: “I love my two print pillows I found one year in a bright blue French theme.”

Islander Carol Rosenberg added: “In past I have purchased bromeliads from Judy, books signed by local authors and some used lamps that I painted and bought lampshades for.”

There are many smiling helpful Island Senior volunteers wearing yellow bandanas. The air is filled with curiosity and excitement. Bea Pappas, jewelry coordinator, has told everyone to spread the word.

“We have hundreds of pieces of most beautiful, unique jewelry to sell this yearthis is the most we have ever had!”

There are two cashiers who are located at each of the exit doors for easy check out. Whenever time you choose to come, there will be something there for you, like cookware, furniture, toys, linens, tools, jewelry, home and garden decor, etc. My husband Bob is still talking about the set of golf hybrid clubs he bought years ago and swears they improved his score. You won’t believe the framed signed prints I bought one year around 11:30 p.m., so don’t give up and not come if you think there won’t be any treasures left.

Come on down from 9 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. when Mary Ann will announce: “Okay – 15 minutes till closing” and we begin to check customers out. Of course, it never fails someone runs in franticly about 12:35 p.m. breathless and is so very excited to find the designer purse that they passed up at 10:25 a.m. is still for sale hold it up in triumph – YES!