Garden club calls for tag sale donations

by Cole Dittmer
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Staff photo by Cole Dittmer 

Harbor Island Garden Club member Wylene Booth McDonald directs garden club president Elise Running, center, and Arland Whitesides on Friday, Feb. 28, as they carry Whitesides’ donation for the club’s Mistletoe in March tag sale.

For the first time in three years, the Harbor Island Garden Club will host a tag sale fundraiser for aesthetic improvements to Wrightsville Beach. 

Dubbed Mistletoe in March, the cause for the 2014 sale is to purchase more of the festive lights that sit atop the town’s telephone poles each holiday season. 

The sale will take place Saturday, March 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the lawn along Salisbury Street in front of the town’s old fire station. 

Garden club president Elise Running said the idea behind the tag sale was to involve the community in increasing the town’s holiday décor beginning in 2014. 

Former HIGC president Alison Long said the club’s goal for the sale is at least $5,000.

“The lights range anywhere from $500 to $1,500, and we are hoping to donate $5,000 to the town from the proceeds of the sale,” Long said. “The more donations, the more we will give the town. Our goal is $5,000, but we hope to get more.”

The club began accepting donations on Friday, Feb. 28, and Running said household items, small appliances, furniture, gardening items and toys were all welcome for the sale. Club members prefer donors to price their items prior to dropping them off. The only items not being accepted are electronics and clothing. 

Club member Wylene Booth McDonald said community participation would have a direct correlation to how many pole lights illuminate Wrightsville streets during the winter season. 

“The goal is a lofty one, but it is a good one and hopefully the people in the town realize that the more they bring, the more lights we get,” McDonald said. 

Anyone in the community without items to donate will still be able to contribute, Long said, adding that the club would have a donation jar out the day of the tag sale.

Donations should be dropped off at the old fire station on Municipal Lane, and Running said the donation window would run Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Those without means to transport items can also arrange for the club to pick them up. To schedule a donation drop-off time or to arrange for donation pick up, contact Running at 910-612-5872. 

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