Welcome to the White Elephant
Welcome to Green Valley Arizona and the Country Fair White Elephant. We hope you will make a visit to the Country Fair White Elephant Thrift Store in Green Valley and invite you to the Annual Country Fair Days, Midnight Madness, and the Country Fair White Elephant Parade.
The White Elephant was recently nominated for the Arizona Retailers Association Award as Retailer of the Year by District 2 Representative Daniel Hernandez. The ARA selected the White Elephant as the recipient of this award! KGVY's, Steve Wagner joined the award ceremony along with representatives from the White Elephant Friday afternoon at the East Valley Institute of Technology in Meza, AZ to bring you this video.
The White Elephant is proud to host festivities each year. It is a perfect time to extend a huge “THANK YOU!” to the entire community of donors, volunteers and shoppers who make it possible for the White Elephant organization to give back to the community in such a grand way.
- Store Hours Monday – Saturday 9am to 12 Noon
- Donation Hours Monday – Saturday 7am to 3pm
- Local Pick and Delivery Service Available
- Call 520-625-4119 To Schedule a Pick up
You can find the White Elephant on eBay
A team of sharp-eyed treasure hunters peruses goods donated to the White Elephant looking for items to send on a seven-day ride on eBay. These items must be special and when they’re sold on eBay the prices they bring generally are, too. Among top sellers was a doll collection that brought in more than $600.
Eighteen-year White Elephant volunteer Joyce Barber has been a member of the eBay team since it was formed more than a dozen years ago. Over that period, eBay sales have totaled nearly 12,000 items, valued at more than $483,000. The on-line effort has been a success thanks to all the volunteers who keep eyes peeled for those special items and bring them to the thrift’s eBay cage for evaluation when they’re discovered. “Often we’re looking for origin and value,” Barber said. “We research items on eBay to determine comparable value. When that value is something we know we can’t get in the thrift store we put the item on eBay.”
Regulars on the eBay team include Joyce Barber and Barney Foster who handle a variety of collectibles, electronics and miscellaneous items. To round out the team, sportsman Gary Hurley handles golf and fishing equipment and all things mechanical.
The team agrees, “We enjoy every day knowing we are benefiting our community”
We Are the Country Fair White Elephant
The Country Fair White Elephant Thrift Store was established in 1964 by a handful of volunteers looking for a way to support their community. From those early beginnings, the store has grown to more than 600 dedicated volunteers, working 6 days a week, processing, cleaning and pricing gently used goods for re-sale to the public.
Revenue generated by store sales is contributed each year to more than 130 local schools and charitable service organizations throughout Green Valley, Sahuarita and the Santa Cruz Valley, and the demand continues to grow.
The Country Fair White Elephant Thrift Store also sponsors the annual Country Fair held each year in late October. The Fair features a parade of more than 100 entries, including bands, floats, horses, marching units and more. The Green Valley Village Mall and Continental Shopping Plaza participate with Fair exhibits and booths numbering over 200.
Over $2.2 Million in revenue is generated each year and $1.75 Million goes back directly to community organizations who are recipients of White Elephant grants and to our local students who are recipients of a scholarship through our Country Fair White Elephant Scholarship Foundation. The White Elephant is proud to be able to contribute money right back to our local communities through our granting process. So whether you are a volunteer, a donor, or a shopper, your contributions to the White Elephant are so appreciated by this organization. From all of us here at the White Elephant, thank you for your continued support.