Every spring Jane Heisinger’s office at the senior center gets overrun, not with paperwork, bills or books. No, her office becomes home to dazzling jewelry, antique pottery, foreign masks and other interesting art.
“It’s always different, always unusual and always fun,” said Heisinger, the organizer of Granny’s Attic.
The annual fundraiser for the senior center called “Granny’s Attic” is Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shoppers are asked to bring their own bags if possible. At 2 p.m., all furniture and higher end items will be marked half off and you can fill a grocery bag with anything from the main room for $5.
Goods range anywhere from cookbooks to roller blades to rollaway beds to quality camping equipment. Heisinger said that some specialty items this year include an original painting by F.T. Darvill, the original owner of Darvill’s Bookstore, a River Jim sculpture, Joe Floren photos and a Thai Khon mask.
“Donations have been great,” Heisinger said. “I think because there is no longer an Exchange this year there have been lots of donations.”
Hundreds of islanders come to the sale every year, and it brings in between $6,000 and $7,000. The event is the senior center’s main fundraiser.
Dedicated volunteers help Granny’s Attic become a reality each season.
There is a core group of eight volunteers, but somedays up to 12 helpers come to price and polish for six Tuesdays before the sale starts. On these busy days the center is a flurry of ladies sorting, packing and perusing donated wares.
“Sometimes there are more items to price than we have time,” Heisinger said with a laugh.
She has worked at Granny’s Attic for the last five years and has seen the event grow with every new spring. She loves seeing not only the items collected, but the members of the community that show up to shop.
“It’s a great way to support the senior center and find treasures,” she said.
For more info, call 376-2677 or visit www.orcasseniors.org.