Elks rummage sale helps support community programs

May 8, 2019

LAUGHLIN — Patrons could shop ’til they dropped at the sixth annual Laughlin Elks Lodge 2872 sale over the weekend.

The sale, held in front of Aldape’s Market in the Laughlin Town Center, went continuously from 8 a.m. Friday until 2 p.m. Sunday.

“We do it for our community events which are assisting our youth, seniors, and veterans,” event chairwoman Kathleen Hoss said. “We get our stuff (things for sale) from members of the community.”

All proceeds go toward benefiting Elks programs like veterans care and welcome home packages, youth reading programs, food boxes and much more.

During the sale, people were not only allowed to shop but could donate items as well. The lodge also goes around and performed some pickup of items.

“Anything for the community,” Hoss said. “The outreach of the community is just outstanding here; everybody really chips in.”

They had two pickups for bedroom sets on Friday night.

Furniture, games, books, golf clubs, apparel items, kitchenware, and much more were available to buy.

At least one person from the Elks Lodge mans the sale site at all times — day and night — during the sale. The event brings on average around 200 people a day. Sometimes people just stop by to say hello, Hoss said, but others come with a specific purchase — or two — in mind.

“I’ve lived in Laughlin for 11 years and this is a big extravaganza for the town,” Shirley Wyatt said. “It helps the Elks help people, and I love it.”

Wyatt found a measuring pitcher during the opening hours of the sale.

While mostly locals come to chat and look at the goods available, some people from out of state drop by, too. One couple from Riverside, California,was in town and stopped by. They were debating on whether to purchase some puzzles.

With the sale running for 54 hours straight, they had plenty of time to decide.