Rummage sale benefits both school and patrons
Napavalleyregister.com. Kerana Todorov. March 3, 2013.

The annual rummage sale at Salvador Elementary School on Saturday in north Napa drew bargain hunters of all stripes, eager to find a good deal while raising money for the school.

“I come every year. It’s always fun,” said Rosemary Guardo of Napa, holding a $3 framed picture of a chicken she had just purchased at the sale set up inside the school’s multipurpose room.  “It’s a nice chicken; I love chickens,” Guardo added as she held up the frame in the parking lot of the K-5 art magnet school on Salvador Avenue.

The Salvador Parent Club’s sixth annual rummage sale raised $1,750 on Saturday for Salvador’s arts program, after-school activities and field trips. “That’s very good,” said Heather Troedson, secretary and past president of the parent club.

The fundraiser is one of several the parent club schedules every year. The club raises between $20,000 and $25,000 annually, according to the school principal.

Salvador would not be able to fund the extra activities without the support from the Parents Club and residents, Principal Pam Perkins said Saturday. “It would be very basic,” she said, referring to the school’s educational programs.

Troedson said she’s amazed at how much people donate and how people reuse the donated items. “Very creative people come in and get some great ideas,” she said.

Along with Troedson, some 30 parents helped set up the rummage sale, placing pants, tops and dresses on long tables. Other tables were set aside for household items that included lamps, coffee makers, printers, mugs, water bottles and even a set of leis.

Children congregated along the windows, where the lineup of toys ranged from stuffed animals to puzzles, toy cars and a Hannah Montana poster. Also up for grabs were an $80 trumpet, two bicycles including a $20 cruiser, and a $20 wedding dress.

Erendira Cervantes came to the sale with her husband and her three children. Her daughter, Alondra, is a fourth-grader at the school.

“It’s a good idea,” Erendira Cervantes said in Spanish as she picked up pants for the children and other items.

Susan Burke of Grass Valley and her sister, Stacey Ellmore of Elk Grove, were in Napa to celebrate Ellmore’s 61st birthday when they came across the sale.

“It looked like a lot of fun,” said Burke as she and her sister picked up a few items. “It’s wonderful to support education and the arts,” Ellmore said.

Ben and Cheryl Haslet, whose late father was a custodian at Salvador for 30 years, also were there. They visit garage sales and rummage sales on Saturdays, they said.

“It’s very well set up,” said Ben Haslet of the rummage sale as his wife held a 50-cent plastic cover for a plate. Cheryl Haslet said the cover might not fit, but it cost only 50 cents and it was a fundraiser. “I always like to come in,” she said after talking to friends Sue and Steve Joseph of Napa, who came to look for a toy horse for a great-granddaughter.

Sally Estes, a retired teacher, said she came to help the school, especially its arts programs.

“It’s nice to see a school that supports that,” she said.


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