Hundreds line up for Helen Woodward rummage sale

RANCHO SANTA FE — Before the 7 a.m. opening of the first Wags to Wishes rummage sale at the Helen Woodward Animal Center, at least 300 people had been lined up outside the door waiting since before 6 a.m. to enter the riding arena jam-packed with bargains.
The Aug. 28 rummage sale had bargains for items such as sporting goods, saddles, bicycles, pet supplies, books, jewelry, furniture and much more.
“We heard it was chaos, in a very good way,” said Cindy Hess, who was serving on the second shift of cashiers. “It is a great turnout.”
Profits from the event are earmarked for the center’s programs for animals in need, according to Renee Risko, director of development.
“We’ve had a very busy morning,” Risko said. “We have a great response from the community and the wonderful donations from clothing to furniture.”
Risko pointed out volunteers from the National Charity League who also lent a hand at the event.
Chad and Irena Dennis of Carlsbad were leaving the sale with books, T-shirts and a ball cap.
“We support anything to do with supporting animals,” Irena Dennis said.
Inspecting a bookcase at the sale were Tricia and Joe Berry of San Diego while Pat Baldwin of San Diego held an item in her hand trying to figure out what it was.
“It is something,” she said before realizing it was a rather odd looking water sprinkler.
Christia Teotico, 10, and his sister Lauren, 7, were happily helping their father John pick out a shirt.
“It’s been hopping since 7 a.m.,” volunteer Erin Weigand said.
Ashley Baran, development manager for the animal center, said it would take
several days to determine how much was made from the sale, but she they hoped to raise between $10,000 and $12,000. Whether the rummage sale becomes an annual event would depend on the outcome of the first one, she said.
The Helen Woodward Animal Center is located at 6461 El Apajo Rd.