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Weekend sale marks nonprofit's return after suffering water damage from a nearby fire



SUBMITTED PHOTO - Visitors to Community Warehouse's Estate Store this weekend will find 'a bounty of antiques, high-end furnishings, trinkets and housewares' waiting for them - all at 20 percent off regular prices.After a fire that put it out of commission for six weeks, Community Warehouse plans to relaunch this weekend with a sale that will help the popular nonprofit continue its mission to provide furnishings for local families in need.

A fire that broke out in the middle of the night on July 31 destroyed the neighboring business Clark Lumber & True Value Hardware. Firefighters who fought the blaze prevented flames from reaching Community Warehouse's Tualatin facility at 8380 S.W. Nyberg St., but extensive water damage forced the closure of the Estate Store that provides the organization's largest revenue stream.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Donations have poured into Community Warehouse in the weeks since water damage from a nearby fire forced the nonprofit to close its Tualatin store.It didn't stop donations from pouring in, though, and Communications Director Rena Satre Maloy says "a bounty of antiques, high-end furnishings, trinkets and housewares" awaits shoppers Friday through Sunday — all at 20 percent off regular prices.

“Community members as well as businesses have been donating steadily to us since the fire,” Meloy said. “Thankfully, donations have continued to flow in for both the furniture bank and the Estate Store.”

Meloy said Community Warehouse lost significant revenue during August. Insurance covered some of the costs, she said, but "we really need a strong push for our Estate Store as we move into the holiday season."

"There are many families out there with strong hopes of a cozy home come winter, and extending our reach to the community at this time would be huge for us — to celebrate our store reopening, as well as our need for winter season donations." 

Before the fire, Community Warehouse celebrated its 15th year in the community. “More than 50,000 families have been provided the opportunity to live with dignity in furnished homes since the organization’s inception in 2001,” Meloy said.

A survey taken by Community Warehouse this past spring showed that out of the entire Portland metro area, 15 percent of the nonprofit's donations have come from Lake Oswego alone and 13 percent of its Estate Store shoppers live in Lake Oswego.

Even during the six weeks when the Tualatin warehouse was closed, it collected goods from 20 Lake Oswego homes and 11 in West Linn — donations that will help "ensure we can meet the needs of each family that comes through our doors for help," Meloy said.

For the grand opening, Meloy said that customers can expect to find sofas, chairs, dining tables, living room tables, kitchenware, china sets, dinnerware, household items, books, music, art, pottery, jewelry and collectibles. The store will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Donation drop-off locations are at 8380 S.W. Nyberg St. in Tualatin and 3969 N.E. MLK Blvd. in Portland. For more information go to www.communitywarehouse.org.

Contact Cliff Newell at 503-636-1281 ext. 105 or [email protected]oreview.com.

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