The Woman’s Club of Clayton topped its $2,500 revenue goal for its annual rummage sale at the clubhouse. It also provided a lot of joy to bargain-hunters.
“Every year the Lord sends, I’m right here,” said shopper and Clayton resident Linda Avery. “I look forward to it. I love having fun. This is fun, fun, fun.”
Organizer Faye Brooks said she was pleased with the money the rummage sale brought in this year.
“It’s always exciting when you do well, and it’s even more exciting when you do better than last year,” she said.
Racks and tables of clothing, household items, suitcases and more packed the meeting room, the porch and trickled onto the sidewalk at the clubhouse at 109 Church St. The sale ran April 3-5. At the end of the sale, members donated the leftover items to charity.
Thursday morning, when the sale opened, was the busiest time, Brooks said. “They were lined up when I got here,” she said. “It’s exciting to think that they are looking forward to it that much.”
The rummage sale, now decades old, has been running for decades. It started out as the club’s main fundraiser and ran for a full week. For the last four years, however, it has been just three days long, Brooks said.
Success this year stemmed in part from the large number donations. One club member, Brooks said, was relocating and donated items such as furniture that sold well.
“We had more than we did last year,” Brooks said. “A lot of people just came forward.”
She added, “I think things are just selling better because people are looking for bargains.”
The sale attracted not only faithful locals but also people passing through the area. Marie Burgess, a West Virginia resident, was in town to visit her son, a Clayton resident. She came with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter in search of summer clothes.
“Looking for anything I might find and want,” Burgess said. “Back home, Sunday morning, we got up and had one to three inches of snow.” She brought winter clothes with her, and Clayton’s warm days last week caught her unprepared.
Vivian Deans, a Kentucky resident, went shopping at the rummage sale with her mom.
“I loved it,” she said as she paid for her selections. “This is a great passtime for us.”
The money raised will go toward various club projects, including summer reading programs at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library, high school and college scholarships and books for schoolchildren.