Get ready to browse the wares of dozens of local artisans at Nisqually Valley Moose Lodge’s yard and craft sale Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13.
The sale, which will have a total of 48 vendors, will go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, but will only be open until 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The vendors will be positioned outside the lodge, around the perimeter of the parking lot, and inside the lodge’s two main rooms.
“There’s all types of (vendors),” said Moose Lee Mattson, co-organizer of the event. “We have some commercial vendors like Tupperware and Pampered Chef, but there’s mainly crafters — clothing, artwork, woodwork — and we’ll have yard sale items as well.”
Mattson said the event “filled up fast.”
“It will be such a variety,” he said. “It’s hard to explain with all there is. In fact, I was really surprised because it’s about the first time we’ve pretty much asked them what (they) plan on selling and it’s just such an array of items. I think it’s going to be pretty nice.”
The event is usually held about two times a year, but this year the lodge will hold it four times because of the popularity of last August’s sale.
“We’re looking forward to a nice big turnout,” Mattson said.
To prepare for the influx of people, the lodge plans to have hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken strips and fish and chips from its brand new kitchen for people to order.
The vending spaces were sold for $30 a piece and some of the vendors rented out more than one space, which resulted in 53 slots that were sold, or a profit of $1,590. That’s not counting what the kitchen will net after all the people are served.
The Moose Lodge will spend the proceeds on operational expenses as well as on community organizations and on events like Santa’s Helper and the Rainier Emergency Food Bank.
“The money is well spent,” Mattson said, adding that Cindee Day is a co-organizer for the event.
And the Moose Lodge has helped Mattson connect with others, he said.
“The Moose Lodge was a place to go and get myself involved with the community, and it’s a great group of people,” Mattson said. “We all help each other out and we also help the community out. It means a whole lot to me. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”