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Hundreds flock to band sale
It was a good thing that rummage sale organizers posted security at the doors into the Islander Middle School multipurpose room last Saturday. The Mercer Island High School band parents put on a rummage sale that featured donated goods that ranged from light fixtures to designer handbags to toys, art and clothing and more to raise money for band students to take a trip to Australia next year.
At the door, Roger Dean, a band parent wisely wearing an orange safety vest, pointed from his post at the door to well across the parking lot. “There were well over 100 people lined up to get in,” he said.
Dean, whose son is a sophomore and plays the bassoon, noted that there were lots of families, many he guessed were not from the Island.
Inside the door on the right was junior Josh Lee, who plays the clarinet. He found it all a bit overwhelming, he said. He had been at the gym since 7:30 that morning setting up his ‘shop.’ He had several pairs of ski boots, child safety seats, a lamp or two and other assorted treasures. It was busy and crowded.
Ben Dixon, a freshman who plays both the tenor sax and the flute, had games and puzzles artfully arrayed in an ‘L’ shape inside the multipurpose room. From games Crainium to Clue, there were not just two dozen or so to choose from - but likely a hundred or more. The student musician had plenty of help from his family.
His dad, Joe Dixon said that he began buying up games and puzzles a couple of month ago at thrift stores and the like. “They fell from heaven,” Joe Dixon laughed. “Most cost just a dollar - we just marked them up a bit.”
The items however, looked new. Along with his dad, Ben’s mother Judy and even his grandmother, Marlyce — who brought bags for shoppers — were there to help.
Parents and students gladly demonstrated products and hauled items to cars, considered offers and directed traffic. The estimated cost for each student to participate in the trip is $4,000. The trip is planned for 2015.