Superfluity is a long-standing tradition of University Congregational United Church of Christ. Started more than 50 years ago by the Women’s Fellowship of the church, it has grown to involve more than 100 volunteers.
In 2019, the sale raised $31,800, which was distributed through grants to 22 nonprofit organizations, most of which serve low-income people. Because of the pandemic, we did not have a sale in 2020 or 2021.
The sale traditionally takes please each year in the Easter season—sometimes just before Easter, sometimes after. It runs from Thursday evening until early Saturday afternoon.
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.
Drop off your donated items
You may drop off your donations Tuesday and Thursdays 11am-5pm and Wednesday, Saturdays, and Sundays 9am-1pm. The last day we will accept donations for the 2022 sale is April 16th.
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.
If you are unsure about what to do next, just ask the person at the door, or at the office.
If you are able, it is very helpful to Superfluity volunteers if you transport your items downstairs to the Superfluity collection area. You may see a cart that you can use in the hallway. There is an elevator between floors. Ask a volunteer or office staff if you don’t see the cart, or need to know where to take your donations.
If you just have a few items to donate, you can leave them on one of the carts inside the 16th Avenue entrance.
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 2022: April 21-23
Seattle’s annual extravaganza of recycling and re-use
Donations are now being accepted. Click on the “Superfluity News” button below for details about this year’s sale.