Natural Perspectives: Turning in clutter for charity causes

October 06, 2010|Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray
  • Lou's new artist's nook has display space for her framed photos.
Lou's new artist's nook has display space… (HB Independent )

Vic and I are declaring October as "Clean House" month. Two important garage sales run by nonprofits are coming up and they could use things that you no longer want.

The Huntington Beach Community Garden group is holding a garage sale Saturday at the Rasmussen house at 9152 Kapaa Drive in Huntington Beach. If you have items to donate, send Joanne Rasmussen an email at to arrange a time to drop things off. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and is part of a big block sale organized by Connie Morris of Star Real Estate. Be sure to stop by on Saturday and buy something.

All proceeds from the sale at the Rasmussen house will go to the Huntington Beach Community Garden. The city and Edison are very close to signing a lease agreement, so the garden group is about ready to begin work. The group hopes to have plots available for gardeners to plant in January. But first they need money, honey.


The other charity garage sale will be for the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center. They are raising funds to continue their good work of caring for our injured local wildlife. Their big garage sale will be on Oct. 23 starting at 8 a.m. at the center at Pacific Coast Highway and Newland Street. They are accepting donations now, so start cleaning house.

Vic and I have been working for a couple of weeks to find things that we can donate to these sales. We are giving up books, picture frames, puzzles, games, furniture, decorative items, you name it. Vic and I both have a tendency to hang on to things, so we've accumulated a lot of stuff. But once we started cleaning, we couldn't stop.

I thought about selling an old desk that we acquired back in the early 1980s. This big boy is 5 feet across and 3 feet deep. Vic got it from the Amigos de Bolsa Chica, and they got it at a rummage sale at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach when the people at the Navy base were getting rid of old office furniture. The desk probably dates back to the 1950s. When we got it, the desk was dinged, chipped and painted brown.

My son Scott and I refinished the top of the desk. Once we got it stripped, we were surprised to find that it was solid walnut. At one time, this desk has been a gorgeous piece of furniture. Vic used it as his home office desk until we moved to our present house 22 years ago. The big desk went into our garage, where it has accumulated dust and boxes of old magazines.

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