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Garage sale supports senior services, charities

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The Westerville Senior Association is hoping to help make one man's trash another man's treasure, while making a little money to support senior services and local charities.

The association will host its second garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2-3 at the Westerville Senior Center, 310 W. Main St.

The garage sale is a reinvention of an annual rummage sale the senior association held years ago.

Last year, the association did very well with the new garage-sale format, said Lloyd Kuschner, one of the event organizers.

"We were very successful last year," Kuschner said. "We did $4,000."

The funds are used to help provide supplies to the senior center, as well as to make charitable donations to Honor Flight Columbus, Westerville's Art in Public Spaces sculpture project and to victims of Hurricane Sandy, said Jeff Althouse, senior center manager.

How the money is spent will be determined by the association board, he said.

To help support the garage sale, the senior association is soliciting donations of furniture, small appliances, toys, books, household objects and children's clothes. Large appliances, adult clothing and mattresses will not be accepted.

Donations can be dropped off at the senior center during operating hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those who would like to make larger donations can call the senior center at 614-901-6560 to arrange for pick up.

Kuschner said garage sale organizers are open to just about any donation.

"I never say never," Kuschner said. "How do I know if it's going to sell?"

The garage sale will be held in the senior center's garage, so it will go on rain or shine, Kuschner said.

For garage-sale enthusiasts, Kuschner said, the sale will offer a great opportunity to find bargains.

"We price everything to sell," Kuschner said.

"Our whole idea is to sell as much as we can and make money for the association. Believe me, we have deals."

Items that are not sold are donated to Volunteers of America.

"What we don't sell, someone else will benefit (from)," Kuschner said.

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