The annual Trash and Treasure Sale at Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave., has grown so much since its inception in 2012 that this year it will expand to two days.
This year's event will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, and noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3. Proceeds benefit the Bexley Activities Club, which presents year-round recreational programming for adults ages 55 and older.
The Trash and Treasure Sale enables Bexley residents to donate a variety of used items that are in good, working condition.
The event's growth can be attributed to word of mouth from year to year and also to an increasing number of empty-nesters who want to find a new home for items they no longer need, said Mary Ellen DeLaney, coordinator of the Bexley Recreation and Parks Department's Senior Citizen program.
"It's really a win-win," she said. "The people who are ready to downsize or get rid of things have a place where they can donate."
Donors began offering items for the Trash and Treasure Sale as early as March this year, DeLaney said.
Organizers already have accumulated so many donations that they rented two U-Haul storage units and a garage filled with sofas, curio cabinets, patio furniture, antique chairs, framed pictures, small kitchen appliances, collectibles, china, silver, jewelry, seasonal decorations and brand-new comforters, she said.
Sale organizers will accept donations through Friday, Aug. 31, of similar items as well as electronics, lawn mowers and knickknacks.
Monetary donations also are accepted.
Items that are not accepted include clothing, outdated monitors and computers, books, records and VCR tapes. Only flat-screen televisions are accepted.
Funds raised by the Trash and Treasure Sale help cover the costs of health and fitness classes, monthly lunches and bus trips to plays and other cultural attractions, DeLaney said.
"If people want to go on one of our outings and they just can't afford it, we'll subsidize that," she said. "It feels good to say, 'You're going.' "
Donations can be dropped off 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, and Friday at Jeffrey Mansion. For questions or to schedule an appointment for donations to be picked up, call DeLaney at 614-559-4310 or 614-562-7717. For monetary donations, checks should be made out to the Bexley Activities Club.
Another event of note
The Bexley Community Labor Day Block Party is scheduled the same day as the start of the sale.
The party is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Jeffrey Park at Jeffrey Mansion, with Mayor Ben Kessler asked to grill hamburgers and hot dogs for the traditional cookout.
Other activities will include music, dodgeball, cornhole, a water balloon toss, the Bexley Meadow Music Concert and an egg drop. The pool will have activities as it will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission to the pool is limited to Bexley residents and guests of residents only and is free that day.
For information on the party contact the recreation department at 614-559-4300.