Welcome Back to the Country Fair White Elephant
The White Elephant Thrift Store has Reopened! The hours for the Thrift Store are Monday through Saturday 9am to Noon.
Customer Pickups have resumed Monday through Saturday 8am till 2pm
Donation Drop Off is Open Wednesday’s, Thursday’s and Saturday’s 8am to Noon with a 3 Bag or 3 Box limit at this time. As we approach the Monsoon Season in Southern Arizona, Donation Drop Off will not be Available During Rain Conditions. As with the Requirements for the White Elephant Thrift Store, Masks for Shoppers and Volunteers even with face shields will be required when dropping off your donations for the health and safety of our volunteers. We do Appreciate your patience and Welcome you back to the Green Valley White Elephant Thrift Store.
There will be no White Elephant Parade again this year due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
The Board of Directors canceled the parade because the organization is unable to cost effectively
institute safety precautions and protocols necessary to receive approval from the Pima County Health
Department for an event of more than fifty people during the pandemic.
Requiring and enforcing attendance limitations, physical and social distancing measures, face coverings,
hand washing/sanitizing stations, and a plan for cleaning/sanitizing restrooms and high-touch surfaces
are among the protocols that would have been required to host a parade that draws thousands of
people, including staff, volunteers, vendors, participants and spectators.
Next year’s parade, White Elephant’s “gift to the community,” is scheduled for Saturday, October 29,
2022. Let’s hope it’ll be the best one ever!
Best regards –
1st Board Vice President
White Elephant Board of Directors
The Country Fair White Elephant is Open Monday through Saturday 9am-Noon
Mask must be worn by volunteers and anyone entering the store and dropping off donations.
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 – M-SAT 9AM – Noon
Donation Hours Wednesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays 8am-Noon
A 3 Bag or Box Limit is in Effect for Customer Drop Off
Donation Drop Off Not Available During Rain Conditions
Customer Pickup Monday – Saturday 9am to Noon
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.
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.