The school cleaned closets ahead of a major remodel that starts when students leave in June

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Dozens of costumes and props from the Gresham High School theater department were up for grabs at the recent rummage sale. Gresham High School's recent rummage sale was a big hit, and sales of the school's castoffs have already put more than $8,000 in the coffers of the departments that sold their unneeded treasures.

"It went really well. The money is staying with each program, which is an outstanding way to reinvest the funds to serve students," said Mike Schaefer, principal of Gresham High School, on Monday, after the big sale Saturday, March 24.

There are still items for sale and people are coming back for a few bigger items they couldn't carry the day of the sale, such as lockers and shop tables, Schaefer said.

The hottest items probably were the old yearbooks. People snapped up more than 200 older yearbooks at $5 each. The memory books "made people smile," Schaefer said.

Another hot item was the 1940 vintage wooden theater seats that graced the balcony of the high school auditorium. A few of the "new" cloth seats also sold.

Hundreds of items from former theatrical productions were sold, including costumes, props and fabric.

"They were repurposed in the community as well as by other drama troups who showed up," Schaefer said.

The wood shop also cleaned house, selling old tools and unused materials.

The school at 1200 N. Main Ave., was clearing its closets ahead of a major remodel that will start in June, as soon as students leave school for the summer. About 70 percent of the school will be remodeled or rebuilt as part of a $291.2 million bond voters approved in November 2016. Barlow High School also will be remodeled and get a sports stadium and North and East Gresham elementary schools will be replaced.

Schaefer said the school is working on placing remaining items such as auditorium seats and unsold clothing and costumes. The school is working with SnowCap Community Charities and other agencies to donate any items that could be used.

"All in all, there were a ton of smiling people, and it was a chaotic and fun day," Schaefer said. "Super huge thank you to the volunteers and staff who spent their Saturday here working with us."

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