The Trash to Treasure Sale has been an annual event at the Gulfshore of Longboat Key mobile home park for as long as anyone can remember.
“I would say 30-plus years because we bought in ‘94, so now we’re at 29 years, and it was going on when we first started coming,” co-chair Susie Hettmansperger said. “I’ve got records that go way back that maybe they made $230 this year and that was 'whoo-whoo'.”
Friday night’s pre-sale brought in a little more than $1,000 right off the bat, and the clubhouse was immediately filled with shoppers when the doors opened to the public Saturday morning.
“Most of the residents came last night,” Hettmansperger said. “We had a little wine tasting and sale just for the community, so they get first chance at their stuff since they’re the ones that donate it.”
Residents donated so many items, it took a full day to stock the clubhouse. Proceeds pay for improvements and big ticket items the board won’t approve. It’s undecided as to what this year’s haul will cover, but the clubhouse’s kitchen, artwork, TV and shutters have all been upgraded with past profits.