WEEKEND: Kiwanis clubs organize huge garage sale Saturday, Sunday in Port Angeles
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Nancy Hilt of Port Angeles examines a stuffed doll while stocking tables for this weekend's Kiwanis Garage Sale at the Clallam County Fairgrounds in Port Angeles.

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Four North Olympic Peninsula Kiwanis clubs have joined forces for the giant Kiwanis Garage Sale on Saturday and Sunday at the Clallam County Fairgrounds.

The sale will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds at 1608 W. 16th St.

Admission is free except for shoppers who want a head start. This year, early entry will be offered at 8 a.m. Saturday only for a $10 admission fee.

The sale's proceeds will support Camp Beausite on Lake Beausite near Chimacum and its summer programs for disabled youths and adults.

Parking will be available on West 18th Street in the parking lot across from the fairgrounds entrance.

Kiwanis members have been unpacking boxes and setting up the outsized garage and estate sale since Monday morning.

Three buildings

Spread throughout the Home Arts Building, the Cat Barn and the Merchant Building at the fairgrounds, this year's sale will be the largest the group has ever held, said Nancy Martin, co-chair of the garage sale committee.

“We have lots of furniture and a whole building of just outdoor stuff and tools,” Martin said.

Special items that have been separated out as “good stuff” include a wooden children's wagon made in Belgium.

“It is absolutely fantastic,” Martin said.

The “good stuff table” also includes a miniature replica of a Model A car, fine glassware, a 3-D game of “Clue” and a table with inlaid wood forming a chess board, she said.

Kiwanis boutique

For the first time, Kiwanis has separated out high-quality clothing and handbags for a Kiwanis boutique.

Premium clothing and handbags, along with the “good stuff” table items, will be marked with non-negotiable prices, Martin said.

Those special items not sold at the garage sale will be offered on eBay, she said.

Martin said that in 2013, a Coach-brand handbag was missed by volunteers and was sold for 25 cents to a lucky garage sale visitor.

The three Port Angeles Kiwanis clubs, along with the Port Townsend Kiwanis, are sponsoring the sale to support Camp Beausite, which offers weeklong summer camping experiences for special-needs youths and adults.

The 2013 garage sale earned more than $12,000 for the camp.

Martin said she hopes this year, the sale can raise between $15,000 to $18,000.

This year's Camp Beausite summer program will be held July 7 through Aug. 8, with multiple weekly sessions divided by age group.

For information about the camp or about registering for a summer session, phone camp director Claudia Edmondson at 360-732-7222 or visit www.campbeausitenw.org.

Edmondson also will be available at the fairgrounds to provide information about the camp's activities and plans for future development at the site.


Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: May 03. 2014 12:09AM
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