Providence Point White Elephant sale returns

August 3, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Need dishware, children’s games or maybe just new art to hang on your walls? If so, the residents of Providence Point have got a sale for you.

The community’s annual White Elephant Sale happens Aug. 6-8 at its community center, 4135 Providence Point Drive S.E.

“We have some wonderful things,” resident Pat Gile said.

Items at the sale range from curious collectibles and kitchenware to linens, children’s games and fine art, she added.

“I don’t think there’s any limit to it,” coordinator Janet Elmore said. “I just brought home a lot of fairies — little, gorgeous, beautiful things this woman collected. But we also have magnificent kitchenware, including these very expensive coffee makers people get for presents, but after awhile, don’t have room for.”There are also bedding sets and linens, a Wedgwood set of china and plenty of silver, she said.

“We’re very reasonable,” Gile said. “People today, with the different economy we have, might find the sale useful, because we have a lot of things people can use at a cheaper price than at department stores.”

All the items are in good condition, as residents throw out anything that looks too old to work, too worn or broken.

The event started as a way to earn money to reduce resident dues in the community and purchase items for the community center. Over the years, it has evolved to raise money for community events and philanthropic works, too.

In the past few years, mainly due to Elmore’s oversight, the sale has brought in more than $10,000 for the community, Gile said.

That enables residents to sponsor community activities like the annual Easter Egg Hunt, the Fourth of July Celebration, Casino Night, Academy Awards, the Holiday Lighting Contest and the New Year’s Eve party, she said.

“We’re all old people,” she said. Having community events “brings the people of Providence Point together to meet others, aside from those they meet in their buildings. It’s nice to have social events to gather at.”

What isn’t used to sponsor events is donated to local charities, like the Issaquah Garden Club, Bellewood Chorus, Eastside Baby Corner and the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank. They’ve also donated items to the Colville Indian Reservation, Elmore said.

Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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