PARKERSBURG - Shoppers were eager to get bargains Saturday at the Junior League of Parkersburg's 22nd annual Whale of a Sale Saturday morning in City Park, an official said.
"We had people lined up at 6:45 a.m. waiting to get in and find what they wanted," said organizer Jennifer Simmons. "It happens every year and it's usually the same people."
Those who lined up had to wait until the doors opened at 8 a.m.
Photo by Jolene Craig
Furniture and big-ticket items were the first to go Saturday during the 22nd annual Whale of a Sale fundraiser in Parkersburg City Park Pavilion.
"We don't open early because we have to get everything set up," Simmons said. "They waited patiently until we were ready."
Every person who walked through the doors paid $2 admission into one of the area's largest annual yard sales.
Proceeds from the event went to support the Junior League of Parkersburg's current projects. The group is trying to raise $4,000 this year.
"Each year differs with the things we have for sale," Simmons said.
This year's Whale of a Sale included items such as clothing for children and adults, sporting goods, household items and books.
"The most popular things were the furniture," Simmons said. "That was all sold within the first half hour."
All items were sold at low prices that were continually marked down throughout the day with a "bag sale" at the end where everything that could be fit in a bag went for one lump sum.
"We have a lot of people come in in the morning and ask when the bag sale is so they know when to come back at the end," Simmons said.
"The idea is for us to get rid of as much stuff as we can to fund the things we want and need to do."
Ruth Ann Fisher of Parkersburg attended the sale Saturday morning to get items for her infant grandson.
"I got him a Pack-and-Play," Fisher said. "I knew exactly what I wanted and was able to get it here for a good price."
Items that remained unsold at the end of the sale were donated to the Salvation Army. Businesses donating support this year included Pierce Food Co., Hertz Rent A Car & Truck, Fred Maher, Vienna Fire Department, Kroger and JR's Doughnut Castle.
The Junior League is a women's organization with a mission to offer women opportunities for leadership development, service and volunteerism, community connections and genuine friendships.
One of the biggest projects the organization is working on is the JuLePs Pathways Playground to create an accessible playground at City Park. Once the playground is constructed it will offer children of all abilities an opportunity for play.