The National Charity League Glendale Hosts Sellebration

Mariam Gdris lines up at check out to pay pennies on the dollar for her haul of Christmas raindeer and other merchandise at the National Charity Leagues’s Sellebration on Saturday.
Photos by Ruth SOWBY


The Pacific Community Center in Glendale was the setting for the National Charity League’s annual rummage sale, Sellebration. The Glendale Chapter opened its doors from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Throughout the day hundreds of shoppers filled the aisles, picked over tables of merchandise and lined up to check out.     

Many had their eyes on Christmas toys and decorations. But everything was up for grabs at bargain basement prices. Clothes and home goods were the favorites. Many items sold for just $2.

At the NCL’s Sellebration, 9-year-old Brandon Merino plans to go home with a giant Teddy Bear for $4.

Every mother of the 300-member mother-daughter organization was charged with donating a minimum of $30 worth of merchandise, resulting in close to $10,000 worth of goods up for sale.    

More than 200 mothers and daughters spent some 1,175 volunteer hours planning, preparing, setting up and working at the sale. Dozens of NCL members were readily available to answer questions. The leading question of the day: “How much?” 

Sundy Brayton, 4, has her heart set on pink ear phones and a dress – only if mother Gabrielle agrees.

Many customers come to Sellebration every year, but this was the first year for Gabrielle Brayton and 4-year-old daughter Sundy. Brayton said she heard about the sale from a Mom’s Group post on social media and plans to come again.  

At the National Charity League’s anneal Sellebration, the handbag table was a big draw with most of the bags going for $2.

Former NCL vice president of Philanthropy Joy Asbury estimated the day’s profits would top $15,000. The funds will go toward NCL’s philanthropies such as Door of Hope, Union Station, Ascencia, the YWCA and Twelve Oaks.