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Unique, collectable items set aside by thrift shop for public auctions

The Sunnyside Christian Thrift shop is open for thrifty shoppers and generous donors.

But when the shop started receiving collectable, unusual and high-dollar items, they decided to hold special auctions.

"We've only done two (auctions) so far," said store manager Diane Plooster.

The shop saves up items until enough have piled up to hold an auction.

"We don't know when the next one will be yet," she said. "We just plan them when we have enough (items)."

The first auction sold nearly 35 items while the second sold about 53 items.

"If it takes three months, or six months, we wait until there are enough (items) to have a good auction," she added.

The auctions are hosted by volunteer auctioneer Mark Cliff and "we have fun with it," says Plooster.

All proceeds on items sold at the shop and in auctions go towards lowering the cost of tuition for all students at Sunnyside Christian schools.

Though auctions aren't regularly scheduled, the shop volunteers and employees work to make sure all interested attendees are adequately informed of the event through area newspaper advertising, a Facebook announcement with items pictured and a flyer which is posted at the shop and various locations around town.

All auctions are held at the shop, located at 305 North Avenue in Sunnyside.

For more information regarding auctions or the shop itself, contact (509) 839-4839.

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