Annual Trash & Treasures Sale to feature something for everyone
The Island Seniors’ Trash & Treasures Sale is set for this weekend at the Center 4 Life.
The group will host the annual event on Nov. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The proceeds from the sale help to subsidize a variety of programs, activities, staffing hours, fitness equipment and more at the center that funding received from the city of Sanibel does not cover.
“It provides things that are not provided by the city,” member Carole Fallon, event co-chair with member Dorothy Sawyer, said. “We (the Island Seniors) supplement what the city gives us.”
Center 4 Life Seniors Program Manager Amy Esposito-Brown added that the event brings everyone together, from people donating items and volunteers organizing it, to shoppers looking for a deal.
“It helps bring the community together,” she said.
Donations for the sale are accepted from April through November.
The gently-used items run the gamut, from linens, housewares, lamps and home decor, to children’s toys, chairs, furniture, artwork, beach accessories and pet goodies. There even are holiday decorations.
One of the big draws at the event is the jewelry section, which Island Senior Bea Pappas oversees. There are typically hundreds of pieces up for grabs, from costume jewelry, to silver and gold.
“I can’t think of anything we don’t have,” Sawyer said of what is for sale.
Fallon added that they have an electronic keyboard – a first.
“We’ve never had one of those before,” she said.
The prices range from four items for $1, up to $500 for a sofa.
“Rock bottom pricing,” Sawyer said of what shoppers can expect to find.
A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit the local Partners for Breast Cancer Care.
“This is the first time we’ve done this,” Fallon said, explaining that many of the Island Seniors members have had breast cancer and the donation will serve as a nice way to honor them.
During the sale, there will be hot dogs, chips and drinks available for purchase.
Any unsold items will be donated to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cape Coral.
“It’s a shop that’s run by a church and benefits the community,” Fallon said.
The community is encouraged to stop by and shop the deals.
“Come by and support the center – it’s a community experience,” she said, adding that the event would not exist without the support of the volunteers and people who donated items to the sale.
“We love to recycle. Recycling is good for the environment,” Fallon added.
Sawyer pointed out that it is not just for the islands.
“Tell your friends in Fort Myers,” she said.
For those unable to attend on Nov. 9, or for those who would like to take advantage of some early shopping, items are set up and available for purchase at the center from now through Nov. 7.
“Drop by,” Sawyer said. “Everything is on display.”
For more information about the sale, contact 239-472-5743.
The Center 4 Life is at 2401 Library Way, Sanibel.