Garage Sale updated
August 8, 2018

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Contact:Chair Lion Rick Walti
Donation Pickups Lion Gary Parker Barn Manager Lion Gary Youngs Logistics
Lion Dave Fish
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Lion Brian Pulk
Lion Julian Sayers

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MD19-District H-Zone 7
Club #7928

PO Box 473
Coupeville, WA 98239

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The major source of recurring income for the Coupeville Lions Foundation is derived from the annual “Garage Sale”. Income from this sale helps support a wide variety of local services including Boy Scouts, scholarships, food bank, senior services, parks, youth coalition, sports, learn-to-swim, sight and hearing, medical equipment, Camp Horizon and others. Every dollar realized from the sale of donated items goes to make our community a better place.

To get the best return from donations and the tremendous effort put into the sale by Lions and other great volunteers 2017 guidelines and good judgment need to be applied when accepting donations.

• We can’t take everything. Sorry, we’ll say it again…we can’t take everything.
• Great quality may make an item sale-able even if it’s on the “don’t take” list. Good judgment is the key!

We are attempting to offer quality items at very reasonable prices to our friends and neighbors, those in need as well as bargain hunters. Your donations are important to our ability to support various community and international Lions programs and supported charities.  One man’s trash is another man’s treasure…Remember, we’re all in this together, and our only wish is to SERVE our communities. Donations must be accepted by a Lion! The public is not welcome to just drop stuff off…sorry, we don’t have a drop-off. A Lion will be happy to pick up the item from your home, really, your donation is that important to us!

Please call 360-678-4105 to learn more about donations


We seek good donations. We need them!  Please be aware that we are grateful for the support of quality donations but we can’t use everything.


Art (paintings, prints, photos, glass art, sculpture & frames, etc.)
Appliances-large (washers, driers, stoves, cooktops & refrigerators, etc. Must be in GOOD condition. No dishwashers or built in appliances)
Appliances-small (irons, coffee makers, ice cream makers, mixers & blenders, etc.)
Audio Visual Equipment (Flat screen TV’s, DVD players, audio receivers, polaroid or digital cameras, tripods, unique audio devices, turntables, anything Bose, small bookshelf speakers, portable telephones, CD players, low cost accessories)
BBQ Grills & Smokers (must be clean)
Bicycles (must work & have little or no rust)
Boats & Boating Gear (canoes, kayaks, dinghies, inflatable kayaks and dinghies, runabouts, sailboats, sailboards, outboard motors, PFDs, paddles, anchors, fenders & trailers, etc.)
Books (except textbooks, old computer books and encyclopedias)
Book Ends (the common types made of sheet metal)
Building Materials (no trash or junk)
Cabinets (good quality units adaptable to garage or storage uses are OK; those with sinks or other fixtures seldom fit different room layouts & often become trash)
Camping Equipment (Tents should be checked for tears & mildew)
CDs, DVDs & Records (No VHS cassettes)
Chain Saws
Cookware (pots, pans, skillets, cookie sheets, crocks, knives & utensils, etc.)
Doors (pre-hung and good quality entry doors only)
Exercise Equipment (free weights & stationary bicycles only)
Fishing Gear (rods, reels, line, weights, nets & waders, etc.)
Furniture ((In GOOD condition and good quality. Except very large or heavy pieces & items on the “Don’t Take” list. NO Particle Board items, mattresses or hide-a-bed)
Hardware (no worn out or badly rusted tools or junk)
Holiday Decorations (except large artificial Christmas trees and decorations or light strings that are made with mini-lights, which tend to be unreliable)
Household Items (vases, ceramics, plastic items, candles, wood crafts & knick-knacks, etc.)
Lamps & Lighting Fixtures

Linens (clean fabrics, sheets, blankets, bedspreads, towels, curtains & drapes, etc.) Luggage (hard & soft pieces, backpacks, totes & handbags. etc.)
Medical Equipment (only good wheelchairs and lift chairs and recumbent bikes, now being accepted)
Musical Instruments (includes keyboards but no heavy pianos or organs)
Outdoor Play Equipment (swimming pools, kids play structures & swings, etc.)
Patio Furniture
Pet Equipment (dog & cat carriers, hall gates & leashes, etc.)
Photo Equipment (digital cameras, tripods, camera bags, etc.)
Rollerblades (no roller-skates)
Rugs & Carpets (must be clean - no pet hair, stains or odors)
Sewing Machines (must be in working condition)
Silverware (tableware & serving pieces)
Skateboards-Snowboards (no skis, boots or poles)
Stuffed Animal “Dolls” (6”-12” tall, clean & in perfect condition, for donation to the Whidbey Island Kite Festival for the kids’ Teddy Bear Parachute Drop)
Tableware (dishes, plates, cups, glasses, stemware, bowels, pitchers & trays, etc.
NO punchbowls, or cordial glasses )
Tools (both hand & power tools, but no badly rusted or junk)
Toys (including puzzle & games)
Typewriters (antique manual types only; no electric typewriters)
Vehicles (cars, trucks, SUVs, RVs, tractors & trailers, etc.)
Yard & Garden Equipment (power lawnmowers, riding lawnmowers, tillers, chippers, weed eaters, hoses, rakes, shovels, trimmers, shears & flower pots, etc)

In general Lions can’t sell the following please we do not accept:

Top Ten Not Accepted:

1. Particle Board Furniture
2. Sofa Beds (Hide-a-Beds)
3. Particle Board Cabinets
4. Steel Desks
5. Built-in Appliances (such as dishwashers or cooktops)
6. Mattresses
7. Exercise Machines (except stationary bikes)
8. Medical Equipment (except wheelchairs and working power chairs)
9. Computer Equipment (Computers, Monitors, Keyboards, Printers, Copy Machines, Software)
10. Clothing, Shoes, Hats


This is a list of things that don't sell, so we will not accept them


Air Purifiers
Appliances (items that are dirty, rusty, damaged or don’t work or built-in like dishwashers; others are OK)
Audio Visual Equipment (Movie cameras, cassette players, instamatic cameras, nonflat screen TV’s, phones, misc. cables, large speakers, remote controls, monitors, games, film cameras, simple clocks or clock radios, Karaoke,
Bathroom Fixtures (cabinets, sinks, tubs, used faucets, toilets, toilet seats; used pipe fittings; odd pieces of pipe; incomplete towel and toilet paper holders. Good claw-foot tubs are OK.)
Batteries (after storage, we can’t assure their condition at time of garage sale)
BBQ Grills & Smokers (dirty, rusty, have missing parts or don’t work)
Books (textbooks, old computer books, romance novels, paperback cookbooks & encyclopedias)
Bowling Balls
Cameras (film types; digital types are OK)
Cabinets (units made of particle board & those in poor condition or with sinks or other fixtures that are unlikely to be adaptable to different bathroom or kitchen layouts)
Childs’ Car Seats (those that don’t meet current safety standards; if doubt remains after checking product label, don’t take item)
Cribs & Playpens (those with “guillotine” type drop sides that a child could release; if in doubt, don't take item)
Christmas Trees & Light Strings or Decorations Made of Mini-lights (large artificial trees don’t sell well & mini-lights often have burned out bulbs that are too time consuming to repair for very little resales return; other ornaments are OK)
Clothing, Shoes & Hats
Computers, Keyboards, Printers & Copy Machines (Including monitors and software. We don’t have the resources to verify the age & the condition of both the hardware or the software)
Construction Materials (kitchen remodel tear-out counters, counter tops, floor cabinets & sink units; sinks; tiles; imperfect doors; small pieces of pipe & lumber) Electrical (receptacles and cover plates; short lengths of wire; damaged extension cords)
Exercise Equipment (treadmills, Nordic tracks, stair climbers, rowing machines & various types of weight machines, etc.; only free weights & stationary bicycles & recumbent exercise bikes now being accepted)
Firearms, Air Guns & Ammunition (for safety & legal reasons)
Food & Beverages (no edibles)
Furniture (No mattresses, heavy sofa-beds; large steel desks; heavy entertainment centers for big tube-type TVs; large modular office systems that require assembly for customer viewing & disassembly for moving; items with dirty, torn or excessively worn upholstery; cushions & pillows that have stains, pet hairs or odors; furniture & shelves made of particle board & items that are broken or have missing parts - except that antiques worthy of restoration are OK. Do not take particle board furniture or any low quality furniture)
Glass Doors (heavy sliding patio doors)
Hair Driers & Curling Irons
Hardware (containers of mixed nuts & bolts; rusty nails & screws; used locksets & doorknobs; shelving hardware)
Hazardous Materials (flammable liquids & poisons, etc.; unopened motor oil is OK) Hot Tubs (too large & heavy) Magazines (all types)
Medical Equipment
(canes, crutches, walkers, hospital beds, tub & toilet risers, foot soaking tubs, massagers, braces, etc.; only wheelchairs & high-quality working power chairs with good batteries, lift chairs, and cumbent exercise bikes are being accepted now
Paint & Stain (minimize on-site vandalism)
Painting Tools that are covered in old paint (sprayers, scrapers, rollers, trays)
Pianos & Organs (heavy uprights and any that require special equipment or more than 2 Lions to move; baby grands OK with approval of garage sale chairperson) Power Tools & Equipment (those in poor condition, have missing parts or damaged cords or don’t work)
Sewing Supplies like patterns and notions
Skis, Ski Boots, Ski Poles & Roller-skates (good rollerblades, skateboards & snowboards are OK)
Speakers (unless they are the compact type, which are OK)
Spray Cans (risk of vandalism)
Steel & Other Kinds of Scrap Metal Steel Bed Frames (unless headboards & footboards are included)
Tableware (NO Punch bowls or cordial glasses)
Tools (incomplete power tools; radial arm saws; rusty hand saws; worn-out, broken, or incomplete tools)
Typewriters (unless its antique)
VHS or Cassettes Wheels
Tires & Chains (all car, truck & tractor types) Windows (large or heavy types)
Wood-Burning Fireplaces & Stoves (models that don’t meet our weight guidelines or don’t use outdoor combustion air)

Rick has appointed himself to take her place. The 2019 Garage Sale committee led by 2nd VP Rick includes: Ginny Munn for Donation Pickup Scheduling, continues as the untitled Architect and Jack-of-all-Things-GarageSale


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  August 8, 2018 updated
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