Village Connections is once again peddling for a purpose.

The nonprofit organization that benefits older adults will be raising money during Village Valuables, to be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, throughout German Village.

Village Valuables, often called the largest yard sale in central Ohio, is free and open to the public.

Connections, a service that benefits older adults, is accepting donations of items to be sold at the residence of Ed and Barbara Elberfeld, 259 E. Beck St. Proceeds from the sales of those items would benefit Village Connections.

"Older adults have a lot of stuff and a lot of the stuff they have is vintage," said Ed Elberfeld, a founding member of Village Connections.

Thus far, there's a clay eyeball pot from Mexico, a chair in the shape of a hand, an Instant Pot pressure cooker/multi-cooker that's never been used, a vintage dial telephone, decorative candle-holders and other assorted trinkets.

Donald Wiggins, executive director of Connections, said the organization will accept donations from its 137 members and others.

"It's going to be a great event," Wiggins said. "We're asking everyone to think positively for good weather. And, if not, we'll be standing in the rain."

Village Valuables is one of the neighborhood's most-cherished events, drawing tens of thousands of people from outside of the community. Nearly anything one could imagine has been for sale at some point, even a sailboat.

"It's become such a cultural phenomenon: They know it, it's in their blood," Elberfeld said of Village residents.

"They have to go to their attic or basement and put that stuff out on the street."

He has some advice for treasure-seekers.

"If you want the best stuff, you come at the beginning," he said. "If you want the best value, you come at the end."

Those who would like to donate to Village Connections can call Wiggins at 614-226-6567.

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