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Honest Tom's World of Wheels
Perhaps you see yourself cruising along a desert highway in a vintage Lincoln, massaged by the 462 throbbing cubic inches of American muscle under the hood, heading toward Vegas and your rendezvous with Frank and Dino at the Sands.
Then again, your imagination may go no further than your own basement, and you see yourself happily trudging away the morning on a second-hand NordicTrak.
As the body wanders amongst the acres of...of stuff for sale at this weekends Rotary Auction and Rummage, so inevitably does the mind.
Every year, we dont think it can get any bigger, and every year, it gets bigger, said Howard Hanners, chairman of the event slated to run 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sakai Intermediate School.
The good news is, every year we make a little more money, Hanners said. Its a miracle it really is.
Some 200 Rotarians and volunteers have been toiling for a week, collecting, sorting and pricing the seemingly limitless items donated for sale.
The most challenging aspect of this years event is the temporary move to the Sakai campus, necessitated by extensive reconstruction of the Woodward Middle School building next door.
With fewer large spaces available no commons, for example organizers have dispersed the sales areas throughout the building and into nearly every classroom.
Its going to be a lot in a little space, Rotarian Marit Saltrones said. (But) youll be able to find more things this way, and thats a real advantage.
This year more than ever, bargain hunters will probably want to visit Friday evenings auction preview to get their bearings. A brief orientation:
Upstairs Silent and live auction items, books and concessions can be found in the cafeteria/gymnasium at the north end of the building; bag-a-rag clothing is in the smallish covered play area just outside the north door. Computers and home electronics can be found down the hall and around the corner to the west; housewares and small appliances occupy several rooms in the southwest wing.
Downstairs Two areas devoted to childrens items are on the lower floor, with clothing and toys in one room and an outside area with play equipment and a robust assortment of Tonka trucks. Also downstairs: mens and womens fine clothing, arts and crafts, and the generally indescribable fare known as collectibles.
New sales rooms this year include linens (blankets, comforters, fabric and the like) and lamps (ranging from the aesthetically pretty, to the merely functional, to the, shall we say, less-than-gracefully aged).
Arrayed outside the building are tools, equipment and building materials (west side); bicycles and vehicles (southwest corner); and lawn and garden items, large appliances, and other-than-fine furniture (northeast parking lot and lawn).
Returning to the front parking area and on a scale surely large enough to accommodate a high-wire act is a tent for fine furnishings.
Wares will again be displayed in various showrooms that match items by period and/or kitsch niche. Look here too, organizer Suzy Sachs says, for shabby chic items that hold appeal by virtue of the peeling, beat-up or rained-on look that implies antiquity and thus value.
It follows the Rotary Clubs ongoing effort to raise the auctions level of sophistication above that of a garage sale.
Each year, the quantity increases, Rotarian Tom Pugh said, and each year, the quality increases. Thats the nifty part.
We havent got any kitchen garbage yet, he added. Last year, we got two bags.
It remains to be seen whether the general economic malaise will dampen sales that last year topped $210,000. Proceeds have been plowed back into an array of community projects, including the islands new swimming pool and skateboard park.
Hedging their bets, Rotarians have done a lucrative trade recycling old televisions and computer monitors, which are no longer welcome for general disposal at the county landfill.
During the drop-off period, the club has collected a $10 fee for each discarded monitor and burnt-out set; by Monday noon, more than 50 had accumulated on the lawn, awaiting transport to a recycling facility
Unusual for the auction, no boats have been donated for sale. But Honest Toms World of Wheels alternately known as Uncle Roys Used Car Sales, depending on whos standing there at the moment boasts some 25 pre-owned vehicles.
The cherry on the lot is a 1967 Lincoln Continental, garaged for most of its life and with just 82,000 original miles.
The car features reverse-swinging suicide doors, a leather interior and an intact Landau roof. And a nice added touch: a tube of pink lipstick in the glove box.
Pugh, an appreciator of vintage automobiles, has taken the wheel for spins to and from Poulsbo. Even with a few tics from disuse, he said, the enormous engine eats the highway for breakfast.
You punch it and that thing moves out smartly, Pugh said. Its impressive.
Donation drop-offs will continue through 5 p.m. Thursday, leaving Rotarians a customary full day to finalize arrangements.
And then its auction time. Saturday, early congregants can gather on the east side of the grounds, with a latte stand planned for the grassy knoll facing the building.
There will be no parking on site, although some will be available next door at Woodward.
Rotarians credited school district officials for their assistance in staging the event at Sakai as an interim, if challenging, measure.
We cant wait to get back to Woodward, Saltrones said, adding under her breath, but thank god its not Commodore.