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Windermere yard sale yields funds for community charities

Arlington resident Angie Donnelson, with her daughter Saraiah strapped to her back, peruses the clothing selections at the Windermere Real Estate Community Service Day Yard Sale June 15. -
Arlington resident Angie Donnelson, with her daughter Saraiah strapped to her back, peruses the clothing selections at the Windermere Real Estate Community Service Day Yard Sale June 15.
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ARLINGTON In spite of variable weather and downtown construction, Arlingtons branch of Windermere Real Estate earned more than $1,500 for local charities during its second annual Community Service Day Yard Sale June 15.
Even as the morning rain came down and the streets continued to be torn up two blocks away, Windermere agents, associates and staff set up the yard sale at their office, located at 210 E. Burke St., to sell donated items and raise funds for the Arlington Kids Kloset and Cocoon House.
Clothing, books, videos, furniture, bedding materials and other house wares in decent condition were available for suggested prices, filling up the offices parking lot with dozens of display tables and hundreds of shoppers throughout the day.
After the sun came out around noon, attendance really picked up, and those who came bought larger quantities than last year, said Kim Bryson, executive assistant and treasurer of Windermere Real Estate in Arlington. A great number of people purchased items that normally would have gone for a maximum of $5 each at a regular garage sale, and gave anywhere from two to four times that amount in cash donations. We even had a few people who didnt find anything to purchase, but still contributed money anyway.
In addition to donating all of the yard sales proceeds to two local charities that benefit children in need, low- to no-income area residents who shopped at the sale were asked to pay only what they could afford.
At the end of the day, remaining items were donated to Arlington Helping Hands, a charity that works with displaced families who are either starting from scratch or rebuilding what theyve lost in fires or other disasters.
Bryson expressed her appreciation to sponsors that included Papas Lockers of Smokey Point, Home Storage of Camano Island, Favorite Pastime, Cozy Heating, Oso Lumber, Dreyers Ice Cream and the Arlington Fire Department.
We could not have made our event as successful as it was without the generosity of our fellow area businesses, Bryson said. Most of all, though, we would like to thank the community for coming out to visit with us, shop and help us bring some hope and comfort into the lives of local citizens in need.
In previous years, Windermere split up its agents, associates and staff into two crews on its Community Service Days, with one crew conducting the yard sale while the other picked up garbage on Highway 530, between Highway 9 and 59th Avenue NE, as part of the Adopt a Highway program. This year, to devote more of its employees to each effort, the highway cleanup was rescheduled for a date to be determined in July.

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