Buried Treasure Yields Bounty to Share
By Vicki Jackson
A large crew and bountiful treasures from the homes of Clearwater Beach made the Buried Treasures Sale a big success.
The friends and neighbors of north Clearwater Beach dug deep and rummaged up a fine "Buried Treasure Sale" last Saturday. Rain was forecast before the event, and thunderstorms drenched the area the day after, but that didn't dampen the spirits of approximately two-dozen volunteers. Residents and members of the Clearwater Beach Association (CBA), and Friends of the Clearwater Beach Library and Recreation Center were rewarded with funds to be used toward their respective civic services, beginning with support for the City's annual Clearwater Beach Egg Hunt, to be held this Friday evening at Mandalay Park.
CBA President, Sue Johnson, proclaimed, "It was a beautiful sunny day and a very successful sale, thanks to all of you." In part, she credited the success of the sale to good organization. Donations were collected, or dropped off, at one location. Items were sorted and priced before moving them to a second location for storage. Then, an incredible number of people showed up at 7:00 a.m. on the morning of the sale, so that they were able to complete the set-up in just an hour!"
Pat Power, event co-chairwoman, lauded the attributes of the chosen site. Triangle Park, with its CBA-funded improvements, such as the concrete pavilion and landscaping, provided a very pleasant venue. The sale exceeded her expectations. When asked if there were plans for another one next year, she sighed, "I'm too tired to answer that right now."
Neither would her cohort, Sue, declare one way or the other, though she felt the workers were amazing and the customers very receptive. Even the temperature was perfect, and the normal beach wind wasn't blowing. She said, "Sometimes things just come together--with a little help from above." While very happy with the proceeds, she maintained, "It was more about a community coming together."
Although, the story doesn't end there. I wondered what happened to all the 'leftovers' from the eclectic rummage sale. It seems a multitude of unsold books were given to benefit the Friends of the Clearwater Library, an organization that works on behalf of all Clearwater Libraries. Other items were delivered to Religious Community Services, and the gift goes on.
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