Stilly Valley Genealogical Society nets $2,100 through yard sale
August 27, 2008 · Updated 4:22 PM
ARLINGTON The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society and Library took in approximately $2,100 from shoppers whose purchases supports its continued operation.
The non-profit organization staged its 18th annual weekend garage sale, just north of the Stanwood-Bryant Store, starting Aug. 10, but shortened it from three to two days in response to poor weather, which Michelle Heiderer blamed for lowering the turnout.
We usually raise around $2,200-$2,500, but wed obviously like that to be a little higher, said Heiderer, a founding member of the society. Its become our main fundraiser for the year, to cover costs from rent and utilities on down.
This years sale boasted donated goods ranging from toys and games to tools and hardware, and attracted attendees not only from Arlington, Darrington and Marysville, but also Stanwood and Bryant. Heiderer described the unpredictable nature of the sales donated wares as one of its greatest draws.
You never know what youre going to get, Heiderer said. In a box full of junk, you could find an immaculate silver dish. Weve received tablecloths and sheets from the 1930s and 40s, and we sold a beautiful set of old wooden dominoes for $10. We got a lot of unopened boxes of puzzles this year.
Loren Kraetz, a longtime attendee of the yard sale and vocal supporter of the genealogical society and library, praised society founding member Marietta Roth as a godsend to the community, noting that she hosts the sale in her front yard and stores the donated goods on her property.
Collecting this stuff is a year-round job, said Kraetz, a retired teacher whos been reunited with former students at the event. Camping gear sells pretty well. We have annual customers that come out here, some from Monroe and Sedro-Woolley. It helps preserve pieces of our history.
Steve and Joan Guier traveled from Lake Stevens for the third year in a row to shop for candles, blankets and kitchenware, all of which they considered well-priced at the sale, while Marysvilles Mary Hughley attended for the first time this year, and expressed surprise at the sales size and diversity of wares.
Ive lived in town for five years, and I stop by every summer, said Linda Follett of Arlington. I can find glassware and vintage linens, and its all for a good cause.
The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Library at 135 Olympic Ave. is open Tuesdays from noon to 4 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and other times by appointment.