Bargain hunters drawn to Whale of a Sale

PARKERSBURG – City Park Pavilion was a bargain hunters’ paradise Saturday featuring numerous items for sale including clothes, housewares and furniture.

The bargains were part of the 23rd annual Junior League of Parkersburg Whale of a Sale.

The sale is the group’s largest fund raiser of the year, spokesman Savannah Jeffers said.

“In order for us to fund our community projects and events, it’s important for us to have a successful Whale of a Sale,” she said. “We are extremely happy with not only the donations we receive, but the out pouring of people who came.”

Jeffers said the items that are not purchased will be donated for sale elsewhere.

“Items left over will be redonated to the Salvation Army and The Arc of the Mid-Ohio Valley,” she said. “So we are able to have a two-fold impact on the community.”

Jeffers said items donated included clothes, toys and furniture. Jeffers said most items are in the $1 to $2 range.

“We had some pieces of furniture that were $50,” she said. “In this economy if people can save some money and get a great deal on some fantastic items of apparel, housewares or furniture, they are more than willing to do so.”

Jeffers said about 800 people showed up during the course of the sale.

Kathi Hudkins of Parkersburg said she happened to be near the park and decided to see what they had.

“I bought a few things,” she said as her grandson looked at toys on sale. “This is the first time I’ve been here in a few years.”

Angela Nelson, also of Parkersburg, said she shops the sale every year. The selection compared well with past sales, she said.

“I like what I’ve seen this year,” she said.

Brandi Hart of Walker and Ashley Kinney of Parkersburg were at the sale for the first time.

“I was looking for clothes for my daughter,” Hart said.