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The Country Fair White Elephant thrift store has had to make the decisions for the Safety of our Volunteers and Shoppers to Close Temporarily due to the rise in Covid-19 Cases in our state. We thank you for your understanding and will announce here and on KGVY Radio 101.5FM and 1080AM When we reopen.

Stay safe and healthy.  We will get through this time together!

Best regards – 

Maureen McCarthy
1st Vice President
White Elephant Board of Directors

The Country Fair White Elephant has Closed Temporarily due to the Rising Cases of Covid-19 in our State – We will reopen when safe – Thank you for supporting the Country Fair White Elephant!

 

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  – Closed Temporarily

  • Donation Hours Closed Temporarily 

  • Customer Pickup Monday – Closed Temporarily

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.

Photo of Joyce and Barney Volunteers at the White Elephant

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”

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.