Superfluity—Our annual extravaganza of recycling and re-use
Superfluity is a long-standing tradition of University Congregational United Church of Christ. Started more than 60 years ago by the Women’s Fellowship of the church, it has grown to involve more than 100 volunteers. Each year Superfluity provides valuable donations to local nonprofits serving low-income women and children. In 2022 the sale raised more than $20,00 which was distributed through grants to several nonprofit organizations. Because of the pandemic, we did not have a sale in 2020 or 2021.
The sale traditionally takes place each year in the Easter season—sometimes just before Easter, sometimes after. We request a $5 donation on Thursday evening, opening night. This gives you first crack at great bargains and the best selection of items.
Items featured in the sale include plants, books, jewelry, games, linens, kitchenware, antiques, art, children’s clothing, sports items, toys, tools, home decor items, small appliances, CDs, DVDs, records and other collectibles.
Donate items to the sale
Superfluity is a success because people donate valuable items that they no longer need or want. It provides a way to recycle and re-use both everyday items and special “treasures.”
The following items consistently sell well:
- Antiques and collectibles
- Children’s clothes and toys
- Books, especially fiction (includes novels, mysteries, Young Adult, etc.), biographies, recent travel books, books about justice issues and current political topics, and children’s books
- CD’s and DVD’s
- Plants and garden tools
- Linens, towels, craft items
- Sporting goods
- Decorative items for the home
- Housewares and small appliances,
- kitchen items, glassware, utensils
- Tools and electronics
- Jewelry, scarves, purses
- Men’s hats and belts
We CANNOT ACCEPT the following items:
Large furniture, artificial Christmas trees, Christmas lights, dried or plastic flowers, rolled up pictures/posters, macramé plant hangers, stuffed animals, disposable plastics, computers, printers, TV’s, VHS or audio tapes, office supplies, text books, Readers Digest Condensed books, skates, tire chains, adult clothes or shoes.
We have found that large sets of antique china and large pieces of silver plate (trays, large bowls, pitchers, etc.) simply do not sell well. If you have a piece that you think is especially appealing, email Mary Sue Galvin at firstname.lastname@example.org to check.
Drop off your donated items beginning February 25, 2024
Beginning February 25, you may drop off your donations on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11 am and 4 pm, and Sundays between 9am and 1 pm. The last day we will accept donations for the 2023 sale is March 26.
If parking is not available on the street, you can park in the lot across from the business entrance on 16th Ave NE (north of the main sanctuary entrance). Note your parking space number and sign in on the parking log just outside the church office.
Please bring your donations into UCUCC through the sliding glass doors on 16th Ave. It is very helpful if you are able to transport your items downstairs to the Superfluity collection area. The carts will fit in the elevator and the office will help you with the key to room 133.
If you have only a few donations, you can leave them on one of the carts in the hallway.
Questions about donations? Please email us.
The very first Superfluity sale took place on March 16, 1962. Sponsored by the Women’s Fellowship, it was called a White Elephant sale, and raised $1,366.18. Proceeds supported scholarships for church youth and other church expenses.
In 1964 the sale was named Superfluity, and the tradition has continued on an annual basis. The sale committee began charging admission in 1973 to increase the proceeds. Then in 1984 the group began giving away the proceeds to nonprofits that support vulnerable children, youth and women.
The Women’s Fellowship faded away over the years, but the sale continued on, powered by a group of men and women who enjoyed the opportunity to serve a good cause. The Superfluity committee is made up of groups of volunteers, each of which focuses on a particular sale area – books, plants, bakery, treasures, housewares, decor, sports, children’s toys and clothes, jewelry, electronics, and tools.
The sale has raised more than half a million dollars over the years. Among the statistics harder to measure are the countless volunteer hours preparing for and staffing the sale, the number of people who have donated valuable items, the amount of “stuff” that has been kept out of landfills through re-use and the countless opportunities for fellowship among church members.
Nonprofits benefiting from Superfluity proceeds
Superfluity focuses primaily on organizations that serve vulnerable women and children. Those benefiting from Superfluity in recent years include the following:
Child Learning and Care Center
Edith Trettin Drop-in Center
Elizabeth Gregory Home
Faith Trust Institute for Women
Homestep (Compass Housing Alliance)
Hunger Outreach (Emergency Feeding Program)
Interfaith Taskforce on Homelessness
Mwanzo Proud Farmers
New Beginnings for Battered Women
Seattle Days for Girls
Samaritan Center of Puget Sound
The Children’s School
United Churches Emergency Fund
University Congregational Housing Association
University District Youth Shelter (ROOTS)
Wellspring (Early Learning Center)
Superfluity 2024: April 25 – 27
April 25 6 pm-8:30pm
April 26 4 pm-8 pm
April 27 9 am-1 pm
Donations will be accepted beginning Feb. 25. Click on the “Superfluity News” button below for details about this year’s sale.