MECOSTA COUNTY SENIORS: Senior Center’s yard sale underway

Sale already raised half of last year’s collection

MECOSTA — Three days into the Mecosta County Senior Center’s largest fundraiser, and organizers say they have raised half of the total collected last year.

The center’s annual yard sale started Saturday and continues until Aug. 11. Having only been open Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, the sale has raised more than $3,000, said Louise Christiansen, a Senior Center volunteer who organizes the sale.

ORGANIZER: Louise Christiansen is a Mecosta County Senior Center volunteer who started the center’s annual yard sale 14 years ago and still organizes it every year. Nothing at the sale is priced. Instead, Christiansen asks customers to offer a fair donation to the Senior Center for an item. (Pioneer photo/Kyle Leppek)

“We are breathing heavy on $4,000,” she said. “I’ve never had a $2,000 day. That was Saturday.”

The sale raised a total of $7,710 last year. Christiansen, who started the sale 14 years ago, estimates the sale has raised $60,000 throughout the years. All of the money collected from the sale supports the Senior Center itself and not other programs. That money has helped pay for new tablecloths and roll-down walls for the center’s pavilion.

Nothing at the sale is priced. Instead, Christiansen asks customers to offer a fair donation to the Senior Center for an item. During the final three days of the sale — Aug. 9, 10 and 11 — shoppers will be given a bag which they can fill for $1.

Every year, Christiansen hopes to raise $10,000 at the sale, although she hasn’t yet reached that goal. But considering this year’s good start, she is hopeful.

“I’m happy to get whatever I can get,” Christiansen said. “I want to hit $5,000 for sure. I’m sure I can, but you always want $1 more than you did last year.”

SEARCHING FOR A DEAL: Customers browsed the items for sale on Tuesday at the Senior Center’s annual yard sale. The sale is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day until Aug. 11. However, the center will not hold Sunday sales. (Pioneer photo/Kyle Leppek)

The center usually collects so many items for the sale that it constantly changes its inventory as items sell. At the end of the sale, the remaining items will be donated to local charities. Items like furniture, appliances, clothing, books, electronics and other knickknacks can be found at the sale.

The center will continue to collect items to be sold until Saturday. Items can be dropped off at the center under the large black tent located near its transportation vehicles. The sale will collect anything except encyclopedias and TVs.

The sale is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, but is closed on Sundays. For more information about the sale, contact the center at (231) 972-2884.

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