Prior to 6 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, over 100 people were already in line at the Pacific Community Center in Glendale for what many consider a “legendary” rummage sale – the Glendale Chapter of National Charity League Sellebration. According to co-chair Doreen Aitelli, when the doors opened at 9 a.m., a crowd of more than 300 shoppers rushed in and, by day’s end, more than 1,700 customers had taken advantage of the sale. Sellebration is popular for offering high quality goods at rock bottom prices. Bicycles, electronics, toys and designer clothing and purses are the most popular and sought-after items.
Aitelli and her co-chairs Kerry Cervenka, Lynne Graves and Lynda Grigg worked tirelessly over the past four months to plan the event that has taken place each fall for the past 17 years. In addition to raising money for the chapter’s 30-plus philanthropies, Sellebration has become an anticipated event by the south Glendale community because the merchandise is so affordable.
The day was filled with touching moments – a woman who had just moved from San Jose and had nothing in her apartment ended up finding everything she needed to make it a home; a handicapped boy took his time in selecting just the right stuffed animal.
For Juan Vargas, this was his 10th year attending NCL’s sale. Vargas, a 28-year employee at Black Cow and Star Café in Montrose, and his wife have nine children and four grandchildren.
“I like coming to this sale because we always find what we are looking for,” Vargas said. Last year’s prized purchase was a very gently used ride-on toddler car for Vargas’ 3-year-old grandson. This year, Vargas loaded up on electronics, tools and winter clothing.
The chapter provided special vouchers to clients of its philanthropies including Ascencia Homeless Shelter, YWCA of Glendale, Salvation Army, Glendale Healthy Kids, as well as two South Glendale elementary schools. The vouchers entitled the recipients to $25 of merchandise. Though shoppers benefit, the event provides an opportunity for the chapter’s mothers to do charitable work alongside their daughters – one of the chief goals of the organization.
At the close of the day, there were still enough goods left to fill three Salvation Army trucks.
“It’s so rewarding to be involved with an event that just keeps giving and giving,” Cervenka said.
Submitted by Janet LAZIER