White Elephant Sale: Feb. 6-8 at La Jolla’s St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church


St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla is gearing up for its 83rd annual White Elephant Sale, Feb. 6-8, 2015 between two adjacent buildings — the Cuvier Club at 7776 Eads Ave. and the church’s Van Schaick Room at 743 Prospect St.

The sale will feature thousands of items including clothing, accessories, shoes, jewelry, linens, housewares, antiques, artwork, furniture, books, holiday decorations, toys and plants. Many items are new or nearly new. Proceeds will benefit dozens of local, national and international non-profit organizations.

Last year’s sale raised almost $45,000 that was distributed to 24 organizations, including Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital in Uganda, Dorcas House in Tijuana and St. Paul’s Senior Home in San Diego.

“Not everyone is able to go in person to help homeless children in Mexico, the homebound elderly or those affected by disasters,” said Nan Thomas, who, along with Sherry Seymour, is co-chairing the event. “But by shopping the White Elephant Sale you are making a contribution to the disadvantaged. We price our items to sell so we can raise funds for many worthwhile organizations.”

The sale kicks off with First Choice Night, 5:30-7:30 on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Complimentary wine, cheese and gourmet nibbles will be served to shoppers. 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,” Thomas said. “Instead of fighting the crowds, you can rummage with ease and enjoy lovely refreshments.”

On Saturday, Feb. 7, the sale will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and admission will be free, with no surcharges. The church’s Holy Smoke Grill will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings.

Sunday, Feb. 8, will feature the Half-Price Afternoon from noon to 3 pm, with free admission and everything selling at a 50-percent discount. The last hour will feature the popular $5 bag sale in which customers purchase grocery bags for $5 each.

“Whatever fits in the bag is yours, 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.”

St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 743 Prospect St., La Jolla

(858) 459-3421

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