The clearance sale benefits senior programs
Oxnard – The Wilson Senior Center held their clearance sale on Saturday August 20, which meant plenty of quality items at reasonable prices for sale, delighting attendees.
IINCLUDED in the items were books, furniture, kitchenware, trinkets, and lots of clothes; the crowd enjoyed it and stocked up on bargains.
The centre’s senior manager, Desire Ventura, ran the event and said the sellout started in 2011 but took a few years off due to Covid-19.
“Everyone is totally self-sufficient,” she said of vendors bringing items to the event. “The money (which we collect) goes directly to senior activities. We sell them a place and they make their own sales.
She noted that the Rummage helps residents get rid of unwanted items.
“At the end, we have a lorry going by, and whatever they don’t want, instead of being thrown in the dump, we give it to the Boys & Girls Club on the Avenue,” he said. she declared. “It also helps the community buy things at a discount.”
Desire said the funds raised help them buy things like dominoes for seniors and a new stereo for exercise classes.
“We need a new Wii, so maybe we can put some money in for that,” she said. “Seniors let us know some of the things that wear out.”
Residents who have not visited a senior center will find out how each place is a recreation center when they visit.
“Children have their little recreation centers where they can go and play basketball and billiards,” she said. “It’s our version for adults and seniors if they want to play pool, ping pong or sit down, socialize and have a cup of coffee.”
She said they can also join the senior nutrition program, use the computers and there is a free library where they can pick up books.
“There are social hours with Mah Jongg, cards or Loteria,” she said. “They come in, play and do their own thing.”
The proceeds from the rummage sale are deposited and they make requests for the things they need from the management.
“They ask us for a wish list,” she said. “We talk to seniors and ask them what they would like, if anything needs to be replaced or if they have any new ideas about things they would like to start using. Sometimes we don’t have the money for that because we have four different senior centers.
She said they recently had a coffee machine failure and needed to be replaced.
“There is always something,” she says. “We might not be able to give them fun things and games, but functional things. They love their coffee.
She noted that older people play an important role in creating the wish list.
Ventura said people wanting to get involved can volunteer or join a center.
“We’re always looking for new people to join and new ideas,” she said.
Seniors continue to be a big part of her life.
“We have a group of seniors coming in, and they’re waiting for their exercise class or whatever to start, and you’re just there to listen,” Ventura said. “Sometimes they just want feedback. It makes them feel 500% better.
Marie Moore shared the space with her sister and niece and brought household items.
“We brought clothes, furniture, a coffee table,” she said.
Rachael Biveault assisted Moore at the event and was happy to help.
“We brought a patio table, LEVELOR doors, and we’ve already sold the microwave,” she said. “We have a wireless router and we have dancing shoes with sparkles.”
Moore attends with the Lawn Bowlers, saw the flyer promoting the event, and decided to clean up a bit.
“The Senior Center is a wonderful place,” she said. “They have wonderful activities and make them feel like they can get up and do something today.” Julia wanted to clean out her garage, so she brought things like clothes for sale.
“A friend of mine told me to participate,” she said.
Centers for the elderly, she said, are important to support.
“It’s a good cause,” she said.
Julia had no intention of buying more stuff to fill her garage with new stuff.
“I haven’t moved,” she said. “I’m just staying here.”
To find a Senior Center, go to oxnard. org and click on Senior
Services under the Residents tab.