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Century House summer bazaar set for Saturday, July 9

Century House raising much-needed funds at a summer bazaar after COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of five sales
Century House thrift sale file 2
After five fundraising sales had to be cancelled by COVID, Century House is holding a summer bazaar on July 9.

What’s happening?

The Century House Association is holding a summer bazaar on Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prior to the pandemic, Century House held a thrift sale every spring and a craft sale each fall.

Shelly Schnee, the city’s programmer coordinator – seniors, said the association wasn’t able to hold its sales in 2020 or 2021, nor was it able to hold the spring 2022 thrift sale.

“The craft sale and the thrift sale were their main fundraising events,” she said. “They have missed five now since COVID. They usually make $6,000 and $10,000, so it’s pretty significant.”

What’s for sale?

Groups from Century House – including the craft, quilting and pottery groups, as well as the Century House Artists – will be selling their goods at the sale.

All sorts of items will be found in the white elephant sale, including books, jewellery, tools and electronics. Shoppers will also find plants and collectibles (but no clothes) at the summer bazaar.

Can I donate?

Donations will be accepted at Century House, 620 Eighth St., from Monday, July 4 to Thursday, July 7. Items can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6.)

Tell me more about the Century House Association:

Volunteers with the Century House Association support City of New Westminster staff in providing a wide variety of activities, education, wellness and fitness programs – as well as social connections – for adults aged 50 and older.

“It’s a really important partnership,” Schnee said. “I think that is one of the reasons why we are such a great senior’s centre.”

Money raised by the Century House Association supports a variety of initiatives, including an annual volunteer appreciation event and some costs associated with the Clarion newsletter.

“One really exciting thing is they’ve just redone their Century House Association website. They do that and then they do special projects,” Schnee said. “For example, the association paid for all the furniture in the lounge, and the dining room as well. The dining room and the lounge are really important places in Century House because they aren’t programmed and are open for seniors to gather and connect. They are really, really important spaces for seniors in the community. They needed a refresh.”

Details please:

All proceeds go directly to the Century House Association. Cash, credit and debit cards will be accepted at the sale (card purchase minimum $25).

For more information, call 604-519-1066 or go to