La Jolla’s St. James’ White Elephant Sale Feb. 7-9 will benefit charities

St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla is gearing up for its 82nd annual White Elephant Sale, Feb. 7-9, spread between two adjacent buildings, the Cuvier Club at 7776 Eads Ave. and the Van Schaick Room at 743 Prospect St. The sale will feature thousands of new (or nearly new) items including clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry, linens, housewares, antiques, artwork, furniture, books, holiday decorations, toys and plants.

Proceeds will benefit dozens of local, national and international non-profit organizations. Last year’s sale raised more than $45,000 that was distributed to 24 groups, including Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital in Uganda, Dorcas House in Tijuana and St. Paul’s Senior Home in San Diego.

The White Elephant Sale kicks off with First Choice Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. Complimentary wine, cheese and gourmet nibbles will be served. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and a 20 percent surcharge will be added to items that night only.

“We charge a bit more for the first pick of the treasures but it’s worth it,” said Nan Thomas, who, along with Sherry Seymour, is co-chairing the event.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, the sale will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, with no surcharges. The church’s Holy Smoke Grill will sell hamburgers and hot dogs.

Sunday, Feb. 9, is Half-Price Afternoon, from noon to 3 p.m., with free admission and everything at a 50-percent discount. The last hour will feature the $5 Bag Sale, when customers may buy grocery bags for $5 each, and whatever fits in the bag is theirs. “That’s with the exception of furniture, jewelry and antiques,” Thomas said. “It’s a great way to scoop up lots of bargains, and there is no limit on the number of bags you may purchase.”

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