There’s a lot to look forward to at the Clovis Senior Center, but the jumble sale might be one of the most exciting events of the year.
It’s a way for Senior Center members to work in a collaborative environment while bringing the community together.
The event, which took place on Thursday, November 3, ran from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., had many patrons ready to find hidden gems at a bargain price.
Clothing, books, and electronics were just a few of the items available for purchase. There was also a silent auction with items like an electronic roomba and gift baskets. Also, some seniors ran the food cart, which sold hot dogs, donuts, and drinks.
The braderie takes place twice a year, at the beginning of spring and at the beginning of autumn. Donations are delivered to the Clovis Senior Center, where members then sort through various items and categorize them before preparing them for the big day.
It’s one of the most fun events of the year according to recertification specialist Mai Kou Yang.
“It really engages them and engages them,” Yang said. “It also gives them a reason to get out there, tour the facilities, learn about the different programs we have, and meet new friends.”
Elders like Bonnie Audas, who is an active member of the community, really enjoy seeing the community come out and embrace the “Clovis way of life”.
“People there are so proud to be in Clovis,” Audas said. “You meet and interact with so many new people. It’s still an amazing place to spend your time.”
In addition to community donations, the Senior Center has also allowed people to set up their own shop. Mary Adams created her own boutique consisting of handmade novelties. With the holidays approaching, she has spent the past two weeks making Christmas-themed items.
“It’s nice to be able to come and share my creations,” she said. “I do it for fun, but it’s so satisfying when people decide to buy my work.”
The Clovis Senior Center is always looking for volunteers to help, Yang said.
“Our doors are always open, we always need volunteers,” she said.