It's time for the annual Community School Barn Sale. The sale will take place at the Sagewillow Barn in Elkhorn on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is a school fundraising event organized by the Community School Parents Association.
"We have lots of stuff and are bursting at the seams," said Community School Barn Sale Co-Chair Kelly Allison. "There are a lot of last-minute donations."
Allison said that each year the organizers never know what they will receive for donations. She said this year there were not as many "high-end" donations, which is a reflection of the economy.
"There is a 16-foot Hobie cat, which will be in the silent auction room," she said. "And there are plenty of great bargains."
Allison said there are several multi-functional exercise machines, nice pieces of furniture, light fixtures and tons of books. In the adult boutique, which has a separate entrance, there are great deals and many nice items, too.
Saturday is the main day of the sale and people usually come early for the best selection. Admission costs $3—after 2 p.m., entry is free.
"We may slash prices later in the day," Allison said. "Sunday is our bag sale day."
On Sunday, the Barn Sale will allow patrons to stuff as much as they can into a bag for $5. The bag sale for the adult boutique is $10 per bag.
"We are praying for good weather," Allison said. "In the past, there has been snow, but people should come early."
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The locally famous Community School Barn Sale has been a community tradition in Sun Valley for nearly two decades, offering eager bargain hunters a prime opportunity to purchase thousands of items—few of which resemble typical garage-sale refuse—at more than reasonable prices. Typical offerings include furniture, sports gear, books, clothing, toys, art, kitchen items, musical instruments and more. With profits going toward student scholarships and augmenting the school budget, dozens of students, teachers and boosters volunteer to work long hours to organize and staff the sale.