Recycled treasures

Bremerton and Central Kitsap Rotarians want to turn your rags into riches for a community cause.

Five local Rotary branches are collecting donations for the fifth annual Rotary Auction and Garage Sale (RAGS).

Proceeds from the sale, planned for April 5-6, will support community projects like the KitsapKids Playground, according to Jerry Reid, co-chair of the Bremerton Noon Rotary.

In the past, RAGS proceeds have been used for Evergreen Park expansion in Bremerton and the Silverdale Rotary Gateway Park, Reid said. In addition, hundreds of students have received college and summer camp scholarships and opportunities to study abroad.

Shoppers benefit from incredible bargains on everything under the sun.

“When you see kids come in and buy a bike for $20 or young people without much money buy a room full of furniture, that’s the best,” Reid said.

The sale earned $30,000 last year and about 2,000 people attended, according to Reid.

Top-selling items include televisions, computers, bicycles, furniture and exercise equipment, according to Dick Burkey, co-chair of the Bremerton Noon Rotary.

A silent auction is scheduled for Friday, April 5. On Saturday, April 6, the sale will go from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $1, and the grand prize is a ferry trip to Victoria, B.C. Other prizes include a year’s worth of weekly Burger King Whopper meals and a $100 Costco gift certificate, Burkey said.

The gargantuan project required the work of 325 Rotarians, their spouses and 100 high school volunteers, Reid said.

East Bremerton Rotary volunteer Bill Wright said he will likely spend 30 hours on the sale by the end of the week, including two nights in a camper in the Pavilion parking lot guarding the goods.

“This does the community a heck of a lot of good,” Wright said.

The Rotary auction tradition began 41 years ago on Bainbridge Island, Burkey said. Last year’s sale there netted $175,000.

“It’s our goal to get there,” Burkey said.

Clean your attic

Area Rotary clubs are seeking donations of gently-used items to sell at garage sales. Automobiles, clothing, sports equipment and electronics are among the hundreds of articles the groups will accept.

Not accepted are broken items, paint or other hazardous materials, wood stoves, tires or mattresses.

To donate, drop off items at the Kitsap County Pavilion on Fairgrounds Road between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily, April 3-5. The clubs will pick up goods you are unable to deliver.

For more information, call 373-1150.

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