November 13, 2018

Final Chance to Explore White Elephant Sale This Morning, Most Items Half Price

Crowds anxiously await the first strike of 9 a.m. when the White Elephant Sale begins.

The perennially popular White Elephant Sale (WES) hosted by the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme opens this morning with the first stroke of nine on the church clock.  That’s when the crowds, who will have started gathering hours earlier behind the yellow tape marking off the church lawns, will rush for their first bargains.

And they’re off! The annual White Elephant Sale starts tomorrow on the first strike of 9 a.m.

For those new to the town or folk who have never participated, this 81st annual sale is one of the main events on both the town and church calendars.  It all starts with the intake period when you can drop off unwanted items at the church from your house — perhaps your basement, attic or closets — or yard.

The Sports Department offers a treasure trove of sporting ‘stuff.’

Garage, tag and rummage sales may be everyday affairs, but few, if any, can match the size and color of this one.  The sale items are organized into some 20 departments that fill the church buildings as well as every available space on the lawn.  The WES has grown so large that it has become a true “community event” since many of the donations are from non-church members and quite a number of volunteers are also from outside the church.

The sale raises a significant amount of money for missions and good works both locally and throughout the world.  Some of the beneficiaries include food pantries, health organizations, family support centers, children’s programs, literacy volunteers, affordable housing, and disaster relief worldwide.

Mark your calendars now for the dates of this year’s sale.  Intake begins on Thursday, June 28, and runs daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Saturday, June 30.  Then there is a break for the July 4th holiday and then intake restarts Thursday, July 5, and continues through Saturday, July 7.   There will also be no evening intake sessions this year and also no large furniture pick-up.

For a full list of items that can be donated and those which cannot, visit this link.

The sale itself will be held on Friday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, July 14, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Most departments offer items at half-price on the second day.

For more information about the sale or if you would like to volunteer to help in any capacity, whether with intake, the sale itself, or clean-up, call the church office at 860.434.8686 and/or visit this link.

See you at The Sale!

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