Winter Rummage Sale funds arts, culture and children’s programs

LINCOLN CITY – Are you experiencing “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” in the style of Mari Kondo and the KoMari Method? Or perhaps you’ve decided to try “The Gentle Swedish Art of Death Cleaning” by Margareta Magnusson? Whatever your method, the Lincoln City Cultural Center can help. This week, the nonprofit center’s volunteers are accepting the things that are failing to spark your joy: good, clean, pre-loved items for the LCCC’s 9th annual Winter Rummage Sale. Donations will be accepted from noon to 4 pm Monday-Thursday, Jan. 14-17, at the east entrance of the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. The sale will be held from 9 am to 3 pm on Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19, at the same location.

“We’ll take your used items – clean and in good repair – and turn them into concerts, art shows, workshops and children’s programs,” said LCCC executive director Niki Price. “Some of us may be using the Komari method, but there are others who are looking for a jacket, a good book or a lovely piece of art, or a basket to hold your shoes at the door. And our Winter Rummage Sale can help all those folks. Got a box full of books about household organization, and a whole bunch of plastic bins you thought might help but never did? Bring them over! We need donations of great stuff, and a lot of shoppers, too.”

All proceeds from this annual event will fund the operations of the Cultural Center, funding concerts, exhibits, classes, children’s programs and much more. The LCCC was the venue for nearly 400 programs in 2018, its busiest year on record, and the arts and culture will keep on coming through 2019. Bringing in an annual windfall of around $5000, the Winter Rummage Sale is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year.

The effort is led by volunteer Clarissa Gillis, aka “The Queen of the Masking Tape and Markers.” She’s ready to price your donations of housewares, small appliances, light furniture, electronics, bed and bath items, books, DVDs, CDs, children’s toys, boxed games and puzzles (with all the pieces), knick-knacks and clean clothing in good repair. The sale committee also needs clean plastic bags, for use in the sale, and plenty of volunteers to sort, lift, cashier, bag and clean.

“I’m so excited to see what treasures await my magic marker. You know I love to do this. I believe so much in the cultural center and what it represents in our community,” Gillis said.

Donations will be accepted from noon to 4 pm Monday-Thursday, Jan. 14-17. Limited pickups may be available in the north Lincoln County area. To schedule, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994 or Clarissa Gillis at 541-764-2260.

The sale will be open from 9 am to 3 pm on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. Lunch will be served both days.  

For more information, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994.