Annual Green Elephant Sale at Providence Point is here

August 4, 2009

By Erin Kim

This year’s Providence Point Green Elephant Sale is Aug. 7-9.

Pat Gile, director of the sale and chairman of the Providence Point Residents Events Committee, said the sale started about 10 years ago. She said she believed this year’s sale will be special as the committee received the most donations this year.Providence Point residents, along with their families and friends, have donated myriad reusable items, including kitchenware, gardening goods, outdoor furniture, silverware, pots, linens, art and framework, electrical appliances, jewelry and collectibles.

However, they are not selling clothes, books, videos, large pieces of furniture or large exercise equipment. Gile said all items sold would fit in a car or SUV.

The committee decided to change the name of the sale from White Elephant Sale to Green Elephant Sale two years ago because of the residents’ enthusiasm for recycling their possessions.

She said she hopes to raise $9,000, just as the committee did last year, but she has no idea what to expect.

She laughed as she said the best shoppers are usually Providence Point residents, and they are the people who come back year after year. As a 13-year resident of Providence Point herself, she said she bought five pieces of artwork and artificial plants last year to decorate her residential building.

The funds will go to the Providence Point Residents Events Committee, which provides entertainment and organizes social events for the residents year round. Last year, the committee bought a 60-inch TV, a grill and some kitchen equipment for the residents.

The committee also provides for game nights, a Super Bowl party, Academy Awards party, a thank you party for police officers and volunteers, a Christmas lighting contest, a New Year’s Eve party, a Las Vegas casino night, food and drinks for an art and photography show, and Sunday afternoon movies.

Joann Magdett, a resident of Providence Point, said her favorite event of the year is the Fourth of July Celebration. There is a picnic and a live band. This year, about 400 people attended the event.

From collectible knick-knacks to handy housewares, Magdett and Gile agree that everyone should come check out the sale. Gile said there are many good things, including many brand new items and “everything is at very reasonable prices.”

If you go

Providence Point Green Elephant Sale

44135 Providence Point Drive S.E.

Issaquah

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Aug 7 and 8

9 – 11 a.m., Aug 9

Reach intern Erin Kim at isspress@isspress.com.

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