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Bargain-hunters pack Willowbrook UMC for rummage sale

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Posted: Saturday, January 29, 2011 5:00 am

Hundreds of people filed through the Willowbrook United Methodist Church Friday morning in search of fun and great deals on a wide variety of items.

Willowbrook’s annual rummage sale offers thousands of new and gently used furniture and home accessory items, clothing and jewelry, electronics, sporting goods, housewares, tools, gifts, linens, books, movies, music and more.

Shoppers lined up for the sale before the event started at 7:30 a.m., and cars snaked from the full parking lot into the surrounding neighborhood. Rather than carry their newfound treasures, many trekked back to their cars before returning for more deals.

Lynn Vos had never been to the event before, but enjoyed the busy atmosphere as she searched for plates and other glassware.

“It’s a crazy place,” Vos said. “A lot of good deals, a lot of nice stuff and a lot of nice people.”

Volunteer Jim Sulzby manned the electronics section of the sale, featuring 55 televisions, computers and audio equipment.

“We’re moving right along,” Sulzby said. “We have an excellent team.”

Sulzby said the event is always well-received by the community, and he likes volunteering each year.

The community involvement aspect is important to volunteer Phil Wendell, too, who was overseeing the furniture sale.

“We do it every year, it’s an enjoyable situation,” Wendell said. Volunteering allows Wendell not only to meet other members of the community, but he always has fun with other church members and gets to know them better.

“I have so much fun at this, you meet so many people,” said Stew Rundle, who was also helping out with the furniture sale.

Rundle, a winter visitor from Ontario, Canada, said he thinks the sale is a good way to recycle. Otherwise, he said, some items would end up in the trash because people don’t know what else to do with them.

Willowbrook church members and friends work year-round, picking up donated items, sorting, evaluating, pricing and handling sales and deliveries.

The rummage sale continues from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today on the church campus at 19390 N. 99th Ave., Sun City.

“It’ll be even busier (today),” Wendell said. Although many of the big items sell out early on Friday, anything left the next day is sold at half price.

Leftover sale items will be picked up by local organizations and given to people in need.

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