Boutique offers treasures on the cheap

The first-ever silent auction has a surprisingly nice inventory.

You won’t need a map to find the treasures at the Bargain Boutique’s first-ever silent auction.

Just walk in the store on April 1, pick up a bidding number and look around.

Volunteers have spent the week carefully arranging the donated goods, which range from an artsy champagne stand – complete with flutes and a bottle of bubbly – to furniture. Everything is out in the open and, as an added bonus, all the items will be available for viewing the day before.

“This is a community event,” manager Cynthia Van Buskirk said. “We want people to have fun and we want to bring in people who wouldn’t ordinarily come in.”

Bidding will commence when the store opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday. There will be staggered closings of the auction tables until 1 p.m., after which the final bids will be announced. Since this is a silent auction, buyers are encouraged to stay throughout the auction to check their bids and increase the chances of getting the items they want.

Electronic equipment, glass collectibles and records are among the items Van Buskirk and her volunteer staff hand-picked for their variety and quality. Special donations include a gift certificate from Bainbridge Creative Wellness, stunning baskets – including one from Bainbridge Island Vineyard and Winery – and a Bloedel Reserve annual pass. Three adorable dress-up suitcases filled with accessories are ready to be snapped up for little divas.

With decorations donated by Paper Products Etc., the bright, spacious store is ready for this first in a series of special events. A Jelly Bean Count will begin April 3, with winners announced April 15. In honor of Mother’s Day, a mother-daughter tea party is slated for May 12.

All proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center and uncompensated care, as monies from daily sales do.

“We want people to come to the auction and participate or come in and make a tax-deductible donation,” Van Buskirk said.

And, she added, the boutique is a great place to work.

“The volunteer room is almost finished,” Van Buskirk said, and there’s always room for more volunteers.

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Bidders bidden

The Childrens Bargain Boutique’s first-ever Silent Auction runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 1. Preview the items between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on March 31.

The boutique is at the corner of State Route 305 and Winslow Way. Patrons are asked to enter through the west side doors, across from the shoe repair shop, on the day of the acution.

Call 842-5567 for more information and to make reservations for the May 12 mother-daughter tea party.

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