First Simplify Sale Draws Crowds Returns This Weekend 2009: D V

First Simplify Sale draws crowds returns this weekend

A D V E R T I S E M E N T The first Simplify Sale, July 25, drew a sizeable crowd to
Vicki Norris’ Sherwood home. It’s official – the first in a series of free “Simplify Sales” in Sherwood was a success, and it will become an annual one. The Simplify Sale is intended to help raise household goods for the needy in the local area and to help folks get rid of their clutter, make money and give well. More than 500 people attended the first sale to check out the new affair and enjoyed 40 participant stations, said Norris, who hosted the event at her Sherwood home. The combination charity event, bargains, band and barbecue generated media interest, including a KPTV Fox 12 on-site television interview, she said. Norris has announced that she intends the Simplify Sale to become an annual community event. “It was heartening to see so many locals at our first event and to experience how everyone has embraced the sales,” she said. “Each year I will grow the Simplify Sale to help participants simplify their life – from station vendors selling their household clutter to attendees who are connecting with life-simplifying service providers at our events. Best of all, we’re raising practical items for the needy.”
Norris said she created the Simplify Sales in part to benefit Love INC, a national nonprofit ministry with offices in Newberg, Beaverton and Clackamas. Each office serves as a clearinghouse connecting the needy to area churches and organizations who each have something to contribute, like food pantries, clothes closets, supplies for the homeless, and practical household items. Station vendors participating in the sales can arrive with a car full of clutter, sell their wares, make money and donate remaining useful items to Love INC and everything else to either the Newberg Charitable Organization Thrift Store or 1-800-GOT-JUNK.

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