Island Seniors continuing to collect donations for Trash & Treasures Sale
The Island Seniors at the Center 4 Life is still seeking donations for its Trash & Treasures Sale.
The membership group will host the annual event on Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the proceeds helping to subsidize programs, staffing hours, fitness equipment and more at the center that the funding received from the city of Sanibel does not cover. Approximately $13,000 was raised at last year’s sale.
“The monies go to anything that we need that’s not covered by the city,” Carole Fallon, event co-chair with Dorothy Sawyer, said. “We put it on because all of the proceeds go back into the center.”
Fellow Island Senior Bea Pappas cited the replacement of old equipment as one example.
“We replace the kayaks at the center as needed,” she said.
Trish Phillips, program manager at the Center 4 Life, echoed that.
“It’s beneficial for many entities – the community and supporting the Island Seniors’ programming,” she said, adding that the monies have expanded programs and made others available year-round.
Held now for several years, the sale features a range of items at deeply discounted prices.
“People who donate their ‘trash,’ we sell as treasures,” Fallon said.
The gently used items run the gamut, from linens, housewares, lamps and home dcor, to children’s toys, chairs and other pieces of furniture, and pet accessories. There are even holiday decorations.
“It’s such a mixture,” she said. “There is something for everyone.”
Island Seniors does not accept – nor sell – clothing, shoes, books and electronics.
“You don’t know if they work,” Pappas said of computers, TVs and devices.
One of the big draws at the event is the jewelry section.
“It’s a big deal,” Pappas, who as a long-time collector is in charge of the items, said.
“They come and hunt,” she added.
With hundreds of pieces up for grabs, they range from necklaces, rings and pins, to regular earrings, clip-on ones and more. There is sterling silver jewelry and pieces from Chico’s, Trifari and Coro.
“A lot of people collect those,” Pappas said. “Those are from the ’50s and ’60s.”
A new element at this year’s event is a china cabinet available for sale, with the proceeds to benefit Community Housing & Resources. Fallon explained that it was donated to CHR, but the non-profit had no way to sell it. Island Seniors stepped up and suggested adding it to the annual event at the center.
“They were really happy,” she said.
Both women referred to the sale as a team effort.
“It’s a total community effort,” Fallon said. “The donations come from the members and the community, and the members and the community buy the items.”
Pappas noted that some even buy back their donated items simply to support the cause.
The deadline to donate items is Nov. 2.
Items can be dropped off at the center on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fallon noted that the Island Seniors have no means of picking up donations, so items can only be dropped off.
“Check your closets and garage,” she said. “There must be something you don’t need.”
Shoppers who cannot wait until November are welcome to swing by now.
“People can purchase prior to the sale,” Fallon said.
With limited space, the early purchases make room for new donations as they come in.
The accepted forms of payment are cash and local checks.
The community is encouraged to stop by early or come out on Nov. 4.
“There’s an opportunity to socialize, as well as get bargains,” Fallon said of the event.
There will be hot dogs, chips and drinks available for purchase during the sale.
Any items leftover after the event will be picked up by the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Cape Coral for its thrift store. Proceeds from the store go to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Pantry.
For more information about the event, contact 239-472-5743.
The Center 4 Life is at 2401 Library Way, Sanibel.